23 MAY 2019

A BBC manager has turned down a promotion after finding out she would be paid £12,000 less than her male counterpart. 

In an email to her colleagues, Karen Martin wrote: "Despite being awarded the same job, on the same day, after the same board, during the same recruitment process, BBC News asked me to accept a considerably lower salary than my male counterpart.

"I've been assured our roles and responsibilities are the same. I've also been told my appointment was 'very well deserved'. It's just that I'm worth £12,000 less."

The Fawcett Society Chief Executive Sam Smethers commented:

"This is extremely depressing. The BBC is under investigation for pay discrimination then compounds the problem by repeating it.

"Nearly fifty years on from the Equal Pay Act women all over the UK are still having to fight for their basic right to be paid equally for doing equal work. That this is still happening at our leading broadcaster even after Carrie Gracie's win against them reveals a culture of complacency. This has to change."

The EHRC announced an investigation into equal pay at the BBC in March following complaints that female employees were not being paid equally with men. The investigation is due to conclude at the end of 2019.

Last year, journalist Carrie Gracie resigned from her role as BBC China Editor after discovering she was being paid less than her male North America counterpart. She donated the backpay that she won from her case to The Fawcett Society, which used the funds to launch an Equal Pay Advice Service.
The Service is run in partnership with YESS Law, and aims to provide free legal advice for women on low incomes. Access the service here.
We have also set up an Equal Pay Fund, with donations going towards the service. Show your solidarity with women who are facing pay discrimination and unable to access the legal help they need. Support the Equal Pay Fund now.