the media and entertainment union
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New tool to help tackle gender pay gap

13 April 2018

Broadcast, the TV industry trade weekly, has today (Friday 13 April) published its research confirming that women are paid on average 14.8 per cent less than men in television.

This latest study will feed in to ongoing enquiries across the economy aimed at tackling the clear and dominant gender pay gap across all sectors. 

BECTU and its parent union Prospect have released an e-learning tool which in a 30 minute session answers key questions and offers guidance on the way forward.

Access the tool here

Designed to inform representatives and members about what their employers’ reporting requirements are and what individuals can do with the results, it's hoped that encouraging greater understanding about gender pay gap principles will strengthen the union's response across all areas. 

How to use the tool

  • If you’re a BECTU rep or member, you can access the tool straightaway. No need to log in. 
  • It takes about 30 minutes to run through all questions, but you can work through the different sections at times to suit you.
  • There are useful resources that you may want to go back and use again – the tool includes a detailed explanation of how to calculate gender pay gap figures, for example. 
  • You can also use the tool in branch/members' meetings as the basis for group discussion.

"The Gender Pay Gap reporting process is far from perfect, but it really is a useful way to
start a conversation with an employer and to start to think about what’s really behind some
of the numbers," said Sarah Ward, BECTU national secretary. 

BECTU reps supporting staff members will be encouraged to examine the issues in their own areas. Whether it's theatre, film production, post-production including VFX, broadcasting or allied areas, it's important to understand whether a gap exists and if so how it can be tackled. 

Broadcast's research reveals that "Channel 4 and Freemantle are amongst the industry's poorest performers with respective pay gaps of 28.6% and 32%, more than double the national average." Channel 5 and Endemol Shine UK were the only companies to report negative or zero gaps.

Broadcast goes on to report that C4, ITN and STV have pledged to achieve gender parity in top roles by 2023; Sky has committed to doing this earlier by 2020.

In October 2017 the BBC reported a 9% gender pay gap, half of the then national average. The corporation had said it will achieve total pay parity by 2020. ITN has reportedly committed to employing one third women in its 20 highest paid roles within three years. 

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