31 per cent of women think that everyone’s pay should be publicly available


31 per cent of women think that everyone’s pay should be publicly available, according to a recent YouGov survey.

The survey of over 4,000, also found that 26 per cent of males believed salaries should be publicly available.

While not all thought that salaries should be public knowledge, of those surveyed 19 per cent of men and 25 per cent of women said they would like to secretly know how much everyone else is paid.

The survey comes amidst the furore of BBC’s gender pay gap row. The organisation released a report on the salaries of its employees earning over £150,000.

It revealed a large pay gap between its male and female stars, with only a third of women appearing on the top earners list.

Claudia Winkleman is the highest paid woman, earning £450,000; while Chris Evans is the highest paid man, earning £2.2 million.

Within the top ten highest-earning stars, only three are women – Winkleman; newsreader Fiona Bruce, who earns over £350,000; and Alex Jones, who earns over £400,000.

Over half of the survey respondents said they thought that the level of pay was too high and that as a public body it should be expected that BBC staff should work for less than this.

45 per cent also felt that closing the gender pay gap was possible and trying to do so was important. However, eight per cent felt that closing the gap wasn’t possible and that it wasn’t important to do so.

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