I'm sure there are wage gaps in the BBC, and many other institutions for that matter, but the recent much publicized gender wage gap between radio presenter / producer Chris Evans and television presenter Claudia Winkelman doesn't add up.
If we're going to compare two people from two different jobs we have to take more into account than just one number, the salary, we should also include hours worked and responsibilities.
Here are the numbers £ (pounds) / (hours worked (air time) per year):
Not including hours spent in preparation for their respective shows, Chris gets paid £3472.22 per hour, and Claudia gets £8333.33 per hour, based on the upper salary numbers.
To put it another way, Chris gets paid over four times more than Claudia, but broadcasts over 24 times more hours per year (assuming 4 weeks holidays).
There is also the element of job difficulty, Chris took over from Terry Wogan as the backbone of the BBC radio breakfast show which broadcasts for 3 hours every weekday all year long, which he also produces, and Claudia co-hosts a seasonal dancing competition for 2 hours a week over 13 weeks.
We should look to normal common sense when dealing with wage gaps, there are many factors to consider; pay, hours worked, job skill level, etc. And i think that if people reckon they aren't getting enough pay, they should get a better qualification for a higher paying job, or at least should run the numbers before deciding if its an issue or not.
Genuine issues are unheard next to the roar of bread and circuses.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p2d9w (Chris Evans breakfast show)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m8dq (strictly come dancing)
Bread and Circuses.
Of the 44 women who have signed the grievance letter to the BBC, 9 are on the highest earners list earning more than £150,000-199,999 per year.
Clare Balding £150,000-199,999
Sue Barker £300,000-349,999
Victoria Derbyshire £200,000 -249,999
Mishal Husain £200,000 -249,999
Gabby Logan £200,000 -249,999
Martha kearney £200,000 -249,999
Annita Mc Veigh
Kirsty Wark £150,000-199,999
Fiona Bruce £350,000 - £399,999
Alex Jones £400,000-449,999