IT’S time the BBC gave its low-paid production staff a pay rise, their union said yesterday after the broadcaster revealed its highest-earning presenters and pundits.
The BBC has revealed that DJ Chris Evans is its highest-paid employee with a salary of up to £2.5 million last year.
Sports pundit Gary Lineker was paid up to £1.8 million and presenter Graham Norton £900,000. Claudia Winkleman is the highest-paid woman coming in at eighth on the list with a salary of up to £500,000.
Broadcasting union Bectu — which is now part of Prospect — said more than 2,500 of the lowest-paid workers, including engineers, technical and other production staff, are paid a fraction of the high earners, with current salaries at around £16,000 a year.
The union is calling for their salaries to be increased to at least £20,000.
Bectu general secretary Gerry Morrissey said: “It is totally unacceptable that the BBC is prepared to pay senior management and others many times [the amount low-paid staff are paid].
“There should be a lot more focus on giving low-paid staff a decent living wage.”
A Labour spokesman said that excessive pay would be curbed under a Labour government by implementing a maximum ratio between the lowest and highest paid staff members of 20 to one.
During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Theresa May said that the high pay of celebrities and pundits employed by the BBC showed that “there are some people who are working in the public sector who are very well paid,” defending her government’s 1 per cent pay cap on workers such as nurses and teachers.