by Aidan Mac Guill
Originally published: July 24, 2017
While reactions to the BBC’s release of star salaries have concentrated on the gender pay gap, there is also a major disparity between the corporation’s white and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) stars. Only 10 people on the BBC “star list” were from a minority ethnic background, and they tended to fall into the lower end of the earnings scale.
As for the wider British workforce, a recent report found that BAME workers are much more likely than white workers to be in insecure jobs such as zero-hours contracts. And according to a major UK government-backed review, helping minority ethnic people to progress in their careers at the same rate as their white counterparts could add £24bn to the UK economy each year.