BBC Faces Fresh Gender Pay Row: Union And BBC Women Network Challenging “Managerial Discretion Over Salaries”

BBC is facing a new gender pay row, with plans to allow managers to sign off on discretionary pay increases for employees.

timereports that the corporation is facing challenges from both unions and its well-established BBC Women’s Employees Network over these plans – amid concerns that female workers may be at a disadvantage.

Past pay gaps between male and female employees were exposed when several female presenters went public with pay disputes. newswatch Presenter Samira Ahmed won her case at the 2020 Employment Tribunal, which ruled that her work was equal to that of a high-paid male presenter. Former China editor Carrie Gracie also settled for low-paying work.

It is feared that managerial discretion, if reintroduced after standardization of pay in 2015, could undo all the work done by these groups to improve the pay system in the corporation.

many times Confirming that no plans have been finalised, the BBC insists it is committed to fair and equitable pay, and that checks will be put in place to support it.