British pubcaster BBC has revealed that its gender pay gap has been reduced by nearly one-fifth over the past year.
According to the BBC’s Statuary Gender Pay Gap Report 2018, the median gap has fallen from 9.3% to 7.6% following concerted efforts to close the gap by 2020. The company noted that 7.1% of its median pay gap is “driven by structural issues with too few women in senior leadership roles and more women than men in the lowest quartile of the workforce.”
Meanwhile, the mean pay gap has shrank from 10.7% to 8.4%.
The reduction has been achieved through initiatives such as addressing specific pay issues, introducing a simplified job framework and repositioning people within their pay ranges. As a result, women now make up 43.3% of BBC’s leadership, up from 42.1% in 2017. The BBC wants to increase this figure to 50% by 2020.
The remaining quarter of the gender pay gap reduction stems from BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide becoming a single commercial organization.
The BBC is also publishing a review launched earlier this year to look at the culture and progression for women in the broadcaster. The goal of the evaluation is to help provide a guide to removing barriers to women’s progress.
“The BBC must do everything it can to ensure that everyone working for it can fulfill their potential,” BBC Director general Tony Hall said in a statement. “Closing the gender pay gap is a priority for the BBC. We must lead the way. Today’s figures show we are making good progress, but we are not there yet and that is why we will keep pressing to deliver change.”
“It’s clear that we have an opportunity like no other to achieve the workplace culture we all desire. This report sets out a true reflection of everything we’ve heard from those who’ve contributed to the work, and we commit to taking forward the recommendations that will bring a step-change in gender equality at the BBC,” added Donalda MacKinnon, director of BBC Scotland.
Last week, fellow UK pubcaster Channel 4 unveiled that it had also taken positive steps in reducing its own gender pay gap over the last year.