Does the BBC pay women and men equally for equal work?

14 March 2019


The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a formal investigation into suspected past pay discrimination against women at the BBC.


Following complaints that female employees were not being paid the same as men for equal work, the BBC has voluntarily provided the EHRC with a large amount of information about its pay policies and practices.


After looking at all of the information, EHRC has said it suspects that some women at the organisation have not received equal pay for equal work.


The EHRC is using its powers under the Equality Act to open an investigation, which will look at whether BBC staff experienced unlawful pay discrimination from 1 January 2016. Formal and informal pay complaints raised with the BBC by staff will be looked at to decide if there has been unlawful pay discrimination against women and whether complaints have been adequately resolved.


The EHRC hope to finish its investigation by the end of 2019 and will publish a report once the investigation is done, setting out the findings, any action is taken and recommendations for the BBC.


Further information about the scope of the investigation can be found in the Terms of Reference.