BBC have once more revealed the company’s top earners within their ranks and despite efforts to address its on-air pay gap only two women make it into the top 20.
The BBC said that the number of women being paid more than £200,000 had increased from seven to 14 in the year to March 31. They also noted the number of men paid more than £500,000 dropped from five to three.
Shifts in the standings have been largely due to a number of the highest paid stars agreeing to take pay-cuts as the company sought to close the gender pay gap.
One notable change is radio presenter, Chris Evans, dropping from the top spot after taking a £500,000 wage slash, taking him from the £2.2m-£2.25m bracket to £1.66m-£1.67m.
The shift means presenter Gary Lineker is now the best-paid star at the BBC, earning between £1.75m and £1.76m, and is the only one of the corporation’s biggest male stars not to take a pay cut.
In an attempt to increase transparency of their annual report, the BBC narrowed the pay-bands from £50,000 to £10,000.
The BBC said that by March next year the proportion of women making the top pay list would reach 40%, and would be 50% by 2020.
Who are the BBC’s best-paid stars?
1. Gary Lineker – £1,750,000-£1,759,999
2. Chris Evans – £1,660,000-£1,669,999
3. Graham Norton – £600,000-£609,999
4. Steve Wright – £550,000-£559,999
5. Huw Edwards – £520,000-£529,999
6. Jeremy Vine – £440,000-£449,999
=7. Nicky Campbell – £410,000-£419,999
=7. Alan Shearer – £410,000-£419,999
=9. John Humphrys – £400,000-£409,999
=9. Nick Grimshaw – £400,000-£409,999
=9. Stephen Nolan – £400,000-£409,999
=9. Andrew Marr – £400,000-£409,999
13. Claudia Winkleman – £370,000-£379,999
Director general Tony Hall said:
“I’ve made it absolutely clear that’s not good enough and I want to get to 50/50, and that will mean changes in the range of what people are paid right across [the organisation].
We are making progress and you must understand that. We’re trying to get a balanced range of men and women and their pay right across the organisation.
I am concentrating on what is a huge change, which is going from 25% of women to 40% of women being in the top, over £150,000 pay… These things take time.”