The Latest BBC Pay List Shows Men Are Still Dominating Salaries

The company have been criticised for their gender pay gap.

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.”

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