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July 17, 2018updated 12 Mar 2019 2:33pm

Gender pay gap figures 2018: Telegraph, Reuters, ITN, Guardian, BBC and FT publish reduced wage gaps + full list so far

By Charlotte Tobitt

UK media organisations have begun to reveal their gender pay gaps for 2018, one year on since the first legal requirement to publish the statistics.

Telegraph Media Group has the highest median gender pay gap of the publishers and broadcasters which have already revealed their 2018 figures, at 22.7 per cent favouring men.

The biggest drop so far has come from Guardian and Observer publisher Guardian News and Media, where the median gender pay gap – the difference between the middle salaries when put in order for men and women – has fallen by a third in the past year.

Scroll down for full median and mean gender pay gap figures for 2018, which will be updated as and when the information becomes available

The figures were disclosed as part of a Government imperative for companies with 250 or more employees to publish annual figures comparing men and women’s average pay, starting with data for 2017.

Companies, many of whom began taking action in the past year to improve their gender pay gaps, have begun to reveal their second round of figures as of the snapshot date of 5 April 2018.

The deadline to report updated pay gaps each year is 31 March for public sector organisations and 5 April for businesses and charities.

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The BBC revealed in July it had cut its median gender pay gap by almost a fifth in the past year, from 9.3 per cent to 7.6 per cent, following “concerted action” to close the gap fully by 2020.

The UK national average hourly median gender pay gap is 18.4 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics. The national average mean gap is 17.4 per cent.

Last year Press Gazette reported the mean as the main pay gap measure, but included the median figures as well. This year we are using the median as the main measure, but will look to include the mean gap.

See below for the full media gender pay and bonus pay gap figures ranked from highest to lowest by the 2018 median figure, collated using data submitted on the Government portal and other available gender pay reports.

Positive figures favour men while negative figures favour women.

The median and mean gender pay gap breakdown among news publishers, broadcasters and magazines from 2017 to 2018 (reported so far):

Company Median hourly gender pay gap (%) Mean hourly gender pay gap (%)
2017 2018 2017 2018
Telegraph 23.4 22.7 35 28.5
Reuters 23.6 21.9 20.2 18.7
Global Radio (inc LBC) 20.5 19.4 34.5 32.7
Financial Times 19.4 18.4 24.4 22
ITN 18.2 18.1 19.6 16.7
DC Thomson 15.7 15.4 22.9 22.9
Guardian News and Media 12.1 8.4 11.3 11.7
BBC 9.3 7.6 10.7 8.4
The bonus pay gap breakdown among news publishers, broadcasters and magazines from 2017 to 2018 (reported so far):
Company Median bonus pay gap (%) Mean bonus pay gap (%)
2017 2018 2017 2018
Reuters 33.1 32.7 40.9 35.3
DC Thomson 43.5 27.1 65.7 61.3
Financial Times 28.3 26.1 37.9 37.4
Global Radio (inc LBC) 26.4 2.6 42.1 39.3
ITN 50 0 77.2 60
Telegraph 0 0 46.2 50.4
Guardian News and Media -74.8 0 -1.1 34.2
BBC 0 0 20.3 2.5
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