News UK has unveiled its gender pay gap data. It has revealed that it pays men an average mean of 15.2% more per hour than women.
The data, required by the government for UK companies over 250 staff members, found that 66% of the company’s employees are male. The Times was slightly lower than the wider company, sitting at 14.3%, TalkSport had a 15.1% gap.
Across News UK brands including the Bridge, The Sun, TalkSport and The Times, men took 11% more in bonuses than their female colleagues.
Across the whole News UK group, 72.3% of top paid staff were men, a stand out exception to this is chief executive Rebekah Brooks. She said she was “proud” to have senior women across a variety of key editorial and commercial roles at the company, she added that half of her executive team is female.
Brooks said: “On The Sun’s digital team, we have hired as many women as we have men in the last year. And as we hire into more junior roles, we will have a pool of talent to promote from in future.”
She added: “The News Academy has for several years now been making inroads into recruiting young people from diverse backgrounds to get a foot in the door in journalism. I have always felt that News UK is a meritocracy and I want people to be promoted on the basis of their ability.”
Brooks concluded: “Equal pay for equal jobs is incredibly important and we are committed to ensuring that men and women from all backgrounds have equal opportunities for promotion and are remunerated fairly.”
Of the recent announcements, Viacom sits at 5% in favour of men, Trinity Mirror’s sits at 15%, Channel 4 at 28% - treble that of the BBC’s deficit and ITN 18.2%.
It comes after News UK appointed Dominic Carter to a new role overseeing all national advertising revenue for the publisher and its Wireless Group operations in the UK and Ireland.