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


We have launched an investigation into suspected past pay discrimination against women at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

About the investigation

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

After looking at all of the information, we suspect that some women at the organisation have not received equal pay for equal work.

We are using our powers under the Equality Act to open an investigation, which will look at whether BBC staff experienced unlawful pay discrimination from 1 January 2016.

We will look at formal and informal pay complaints raised with the BBC by staff to decide if there has been unlawful pay discrimination against women and whether complaints have been adequately resolved.

We hope to finish our investigation by Summer 2020. We will publish a report once the investigation is done, setting out our findings, any action we have taken and recommendations for the BBC.

Find out more about the investigation

Further information about the scope of our investigation can be found in our terms of reference:

The terms of reference were amended on 20 February 2020 to include an additional paragraph 5A:

Please email the BBC equal pay investigation team if you have any questions about the investigation.

Last updated: 16 Apr 2020