Strictly gender pay gap

10 July 2018

Craig Revel Horwood has reignited the show's gender pay debate, after it was previously revealed that head judge Shirley Ballas was paid less than her predecessor, Len Goodman.

According to a report from BBC News Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood says Shirley Ballas, should be paid "something lower" due to a lack of TV experience.

Ballas took on the role last year and her salary has not been revealed. Her agent told the BBC she would be making no comment.

Goodman - who has now left the show - and fellow judge Bruno Tonioli were both in the £200,000-£250,000 bracket when the pay of BBC stars' earning more than £150,000 a year was revealed last year. The show's other judges, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell, were paid between £150,000 and £200,000.

Discussing the equal pay debate, Horwood said:

"I think women should be paid the same as men. That's for sure. But what would you say to a woman coming in after you've been in the job for 15 years when they've done absolutely nothing to earn it? I don't think that's right."

Addressing Ballas' case directly, he said:

"You'd expect she would start on something lower because she's never been on TV before, the show's been going for 14 years. Len Goodman earned a major reputation and put the show on the map like we all did. We all created it from the beginning. And I don't think it's comparable. Sorry. It just isn't."

Speaking on Tuesday morning's Lorraine, former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips backed Horwood's comments, expressing support for equal pay "but also for experience". The 75-year-old dance choreographer called on Strictly to implement the same policy as West End shows, where pay is increased "every year for the experience you've had".


CIPP comment

It is common practice across many businesses, especially in the public sector, for length of time and experience in a role to count towards which pay grade or scale someone is on.  You wouldn’t expect someone brand new to a role to start on a pay grade of someone who has been in the role for some years.  Gender should not be a factor in these circumstances.

The CIPP run a half day course on Gender Pay Gap reporting and HR implications which is available both online and face to face.