Who can forget the moment Dirty Den was shot by some daffodils in Eastenders or when Elliot Clark rang up Going Live and asked Five Star, the UK’s wannabe Jackson 5, a crude question. Then, most recently, when Match of The Day presenter Gary Lineker hosted the show in his boxer shorts. The BBC has, over the years, supplied us all with great entertainment and continues to provide us all with something to talk about, whether it’s having your lunch with work colleagues or getting your haircut, we all love to discuss what we have seen on the TV or heard on the Radio the previous day. They of course provide us with quality, but quality comes at a price and on Wednesday 19th July 2017 the BBC announced its list of the highest paid salaries.

At the top of the list is current Radio 2 Breakfast show presenter Chris Evans, who earns a reported £2.2 million per year. Now, putting that in to perspective, his Radio 1 Breakfast show counterpart Nick Grimshaw earns £350k a year. The ex Top Gear presenter, Evans, has boosted numbers on his show and currently has 9.38 million listeners a week compared to Grimshaws 5.14 million. Does this mean that he deserves such a figure? Below you will see the top ten salaries for both male and females at the BBC, but do you notice a trend?

BBC Salaries 2016/2017
  Male   Female
    Salary     Salary
  Chris Evans £2.24m 01 Claudia Winkleman £499k
  Gary Lineker £1.79m 02 Alex Jones £449k
  Graham Norton £899k 03 Fiona Bruce £399k
  Jeremy Vine £749k 04 Vanessa Feltz £399k
  John Humphrys £649k 05 Tess Daly £399k
  Huw Edwards £599k 06 Sue Barker £349k
  Steve Wright £549k 07 Lauren Laverne £349k
  Matt Baker £499k 08 Zoe Ball £299k
  Andrew Marr £449k 09 Amanda Mealing £299k
  Alan Shearer £449k 10 Gabby Logan £249k


How can it be, that in 2017, there is still such a massive pay gap between men and women?  The national average shows, that in 1997, men were in fact paid on average of 27.5% more than women. This figure has decreased over time and currently stands at 18.1%. It is interesting to note, that the pay gap between men and women in part-time work stands at 6% in favour of women. The BBC, however, state that their pay gap is only 10% overall.

It is also worth noting that, in April 2018, all companies who have over 250 members of staff on their books will have to release all of their pay information to the general public.

The outcome clearly shows that the gender pay gap is getting smaller by the year but there is still a long way to go before it is completely even. Let’s not forget that on average, men come in to work at an earlier age than their female counterparts and retire later. So, statistically, over time a man will earn more money on average because of this career progression.

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