BBC Studios, the UK pubcaster’s commercial subsidiary, identified several improvements in gender parity at the studio in its 2019 UK Gender Pay Gap Report, as the industry continues to grapple with pay inequities.
The median pay gap at BBC Studios is now at 10.3%, down from 14.1% last year. The reduced pay gap is also significantly lower than the national average of 17.9%.
Women now also occupy 52.1% of leadership roles at the company, up from 49.2% in 2018.
In a release, BBC Studios attributed the improvements to measures to invest in future leaders, specialist training, changes to shared parental leave, the promotion of flexible working, and the roll-out of a program to bring greater transparency to pay across the business.
The company also reported that the pay gap for LGBTQ+ and part-time staff is currently close to zero, while gaps for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and disabled staff are at 10.2% and 8.6%, respectively, and that BBC Studios continues to work to address these gaps as part of an overall diversity and inclusion plan.
“I am pleased to report solid progress on reducing our UK gender pay gap, and these figures show some success towards tackling a vitally important issue, but we still have further to go,” said BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie in a statement. “We are not complacent about the need for greater change, and will continue to work hard on improving our representation at all levels of the business, with a particular focus on the most senior leadership career bands, in order to reduce our pay gaps year-on-year.”
Read the full report here.