Frauen bei BBC beklagen sich, dass sie weniger verdienen, Studie stellt fest, dass mehr Männer weniger verdienen

In einem Artikel hatte ich bereits die Beschwerde einer China-Korrespondentin des BBC besprochen, die angab, dass sie einen zu geringen Lohn bezieht. Auch andere Frauen innerhalb des BBC hatten sich wohl beschwert.

Der BBC hat daraufhin PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) beauftragt dies zu überprüfen, einheitliche Kriterien für einen fairen Lohn zu ermitteln und so des Problems Herr zu werden:

In dem Report von PwC kam man dann zu folgendem Ergebnis:

he 43-page report – put together by management consultancy PwC – found:

  • The BBC pays male news presenters nearly 7 per cent more than female ones on average, and nearly 13 per cent more when it comes to lower-profile presenting jobs such as weather forecasters;
  • There are 50 per cent more male news presenters on the BBC than female ones;
  • Most of the highest-paid news presenters are men, who are paid over the odds because the BBC places ‘too much weight’ on their ‘prominence and profile’;
  • The BBC had limited ‘objectively verifiable evidence’ to justify some of the differences in pay for men and women in the same jobs.

But despite these findings, the PwC study concluded there was ‘no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making’.

The corporation then said it would award pay rises to 188 staff after PwC concluded they were underpaid for the jobs they do – 98 were men and only 90 were women

Natürlich können die obigen Ergebnisse zutreffend sein, also die am höchsten bezahlten Personen Männer sein und dennoch keine Lohndiskriminierung vorliegen.

Und es können auch Männer und Frauen ungerecht bezahlt worden sein und dennoch die Frauen – eben weil sie nur an die Spitze oder auf die besser bezahlten geschaut haben – das Gefühl gehabt haben, dass sie schlechter bezahlt werden.

Das Ergebnis ist natürlich dennoch erst einmal sehr interessant: Es wurden mehr Männer benachteiligt als Frauen.

Evtl haben die Frauen schlicht sich mit den falschen verglichen und es direkt auf ihr Geschlecht bezogen, ohne zu bemerken, dass es bestimmten Männern nicht besser geht.

Es wird aber auch Kritik an dem Gutachten erhoben:

Last night, one well-known presenter said: ‘It’s extraordinary that we could have an equal pay review and end up giving more money to men.

‘How does that happen? The BBC has lost its grip on this issue. Lots of women were very angry and the review has only served to make them even angrier.’

Another said: ‘Nothing is so bad that the BBC can’t make it worse. How can the BBC have gone looking for a way to resolve equal pay and end up giving pay rises to men? We believe this is a retrofit – a case of “let’s come up with a pay framework which justifies the status quo. Oh, and by the way a bunch of men will get pay rises”.’

Immer wieder erstaunlich, dass der Gedanke, dass Männer vielleicht auch schlechter bezahlt worden sein könnten, so vollkommen abwegig zu sein scheint.

BBC Women wrote to BBC boss Lord Hall ahead of its publication, complaining that the management consultancy firm had not spoken to staff, and presenters had not been allowed any input into the way the research was conducted.

Yesterday the group said the report was highly selective and focused only on news staff, so did not cover some of the BBC’s highest earners. ‘There has been no transparency on which individuals were included, or why.

The BBC has chosen who to compare with whom and what factors justify any gaps in pay,’ the group said.

The National Union of Journalists said the report exposed the ‘unchecked managerial discretion’ that has allowed the BBC’s ‘discriminatory pay culture to flourish’. It added that PwC’s verdict that there was no bias ‘flies in the face of reality’.

The NUJ is representing more than 120 BBC staff who have lodged formal grievances against the corporation because of equal pay issues. About 100 more are fighting their cases directly.

BBC insiders said female staff were ‘edging’ towards a major court battle if the BBC did not start paying them fairly. Experts have warned the claims could easily cost tens of millions of pounds, and that licence fee payers would end up paying for them.

Man darf gespannt sein, ob es zu einem Gerichtsverfahren kommt und was dort festgestellt wird.

Auch diesen Absatz in dem Bericht fand ich interessant:

Yesterday, Lord Hall admitted the BBC had overpaid some of its top news presenters – but insisted they needed to be well rewarded.

Lord Hall, who is paid £450,000 a year, said he had not taken a pay cut – despite twisting the arms of several highly paid male news presenters to do so.

‘I’ve had exactly the same pay since I came here – I don’t seek any more, I don’t seek any less. I’m extremely well paid and I will leave it at that,’ he said. ‘I think I am paid properly for what I do and I’ll just leave it at that.’

Auch sehr schön. Er bringt ein paar dazu, dass sie freiwillig verzichten geht aber selbst nicht runter, weil er es eben wert ist.