BBC Worldwide Reports 18.9 Percent Gender Pay Gap

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The company's 16.9 percent median pay gap compares to 9.3 percent for the BBC overall and the aggregate U.K. figure of 18.1 percent.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of U.K. public broadcaster BBC, on Wednesday reported that its gender pay gap is higher than that of the BBC overall.

The company said the gap amounts to 16.9 percent when focusing on the median, or the middle of the pay range, or 18.9 percent when focusing on the mean, or the "average" pay.

The median figures compare to the aggregate U.K. median pay gap of 18.1 percent and a 9.3 percent figure that the BBC previously reported for its rank and file staff. 

The pay report concluded that "there was no evidence of systemic discrimination in BBC Worldwide pay systems," the commercial arm said.

BBC Worldwide published its gender pay report for the year in line with 2017 regulation requiring U.K. companies with over 250 employees to publish their figures.

"Our results show that there is still more to be done with regards to our gender pay gap to ensure we deliver on this commitment," said Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide. "We recognize that the main cause of this imbalance is structural and work is underway to improve this."

BBC Worldwide said it would put into place a number of initiatives to reduce the current gender pay gap. "These build on commitments already in place and include a greater focus on pay structures, starting salaries and recruitment systems and processes and furthering the company’s inclusion focus," it said.

The company noted that 14.5 percent of its mean gender pay gap was "driven by more men holding senior roles and more women in junior positions," highlighting that "once the structural issue has been taken into account, the mean gender pay gap would be 4.4 percent."