LONDON — The release of the salaries of all BBC staff earning more than £150,000 per year shed stark light on the pay gap between men and women at the top of Britain’s national broadcaster.
The highest female earner, Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, took home £500,000 last year. Not an insubstantial sum, but peanuts compared to the £2.2 million earned by radio DJ and ex-Top Gear presenter Chris Evans, the best-paid man at the broadcaster.
Just after the BBC’s data was released, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) dropped the latest instalment of a series of interactive data visualisations, this time focusing on the gender pay gap in Britain. With data from virtually every imaginable job area, the data provides an illuminating look into wages in the UK.
Unsurprisingly, the pay gap in the vast majority of industries is skewed towards men, however, there are numerous areas in which female workers earn more than male workers.
Generally speaking, the industries where the wage gap is biggest are those that have a higher proportion of one gender. For example, in the male-dominated construction industry, male workers earn an average of 45% more than their female counterparts, while in midwifery — a traditionally female area of work — women pick up 62% more than men on average.
There is also good news: the gap is narrowing. The ONS says: “At 18.1%, the gap in average pay between men and women, for all employees, is the lowest since records began.”
Check out the ONS’ calculator below: