BBC's 9% gender pay gap revealed

Men working for the BBC earn an average of 9.3% more than women, an audit of the corporation’s staff pay has found.

The audit covered rank-and-file staff rather than on-air presenters and senior managers.

The figure compares with a UK average of 18% and BBC director general Tony Hall said it showed the BBC was “in a better place than many organisations”.

It follows a row over star salaries, in which female presenters called for “real change” this year.

Lord Hall has pledged to close the pay gap by 2020 and said the corporation should be “an exemplar of what can be achieved when it comes to pay, fairness, gender and representation”.

The independent audit was conducted by consultancy firm PwC and legal firm Eversheds, and was overseen by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Patrick Elias.

Sir Patrick said there was no evidence of “systemic discrimination against women” at the BBC.

A separate review into the BBC’s arrangements with on-air presenters, editors and correspondents will be concluded by the end of the year.

When the star salaries were published in July, it was revealed that 35% of those earning more than £150,000 a year were women.

Chris Evans was top of the list on £2.2m, followed by six more men. Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman was the best-paid female presenter – joint eighth overall – earning between £450,000 and £500,000.

The government has ordered all charities, private and public sector employers with 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay details by April 2018.

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