BBC women speak out on equal pay day

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By He­lena Hor­ton

FE­MALE BBC staff used equal pay day to at­tempt to pres­sure their em­ployer over the gen­der wage gap.

From yes­ter­day un­til Dec 31, Bri­tish women are ef­fec­tively work­ing for free due to the pay gap, ac­cord­ing to cam­paign­ers. The mean av­er­age gen­der pay gap in the UK is 14.1 per cent – and the Fawcett So­ci­ety has said it will take 100 years to close if progress con­tin­ues at the cur­rent rate.

Ear­lier this year, the BBC pub­lished a list of its top­paid pre­sen­ters, most of whom were men. Some fe­male em­ploy­ees were shocked to find out that the men they work with were paid hun­dreds of thou­sands more than they were.

High-pro­file BBC pre­sen­ters in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria Der­byshire, Jane Gar­vey and Anita Anand were among dozens of fe­male staff who spoke out yes­ter­day.

Gar­vey con­firmed it was a co­or­di­nated ef­fort, telling The Daily Tele­graph: “We got to­gether and dis­cussed how to mark the day sim­ply, ef­fec­tively, and with hu­mour.”

BBC male stars also joined in. Greg James, the Ra­dio 1 DJ, said: “It’s em­bar­rass­ing that we even have to go through #Equal­pay­day to re­mind work­places in­clud­ing the BBC to stop be­ing s--and pay ev­ery­one equally.”

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