Our thanks to Jim for this. The two writers of the article are women – what are the chances? – and they start with this:
Four in 10 private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, according to BBC analysis.
The BBC looked at a company’s median pay gap – that is the difference in pay between the middle-ranking woman and the middle-ranking man.
This is different to unequal pay – paying women less than men for the same work – which is illegal.
They could have made the point that the gender pay gap doesn’t reflect a problem other than through a feminist lens, which of course they don’t do, this being the BBC website (not that other media outlets are any more honest about the matter). The gap is assumed to be a problem, and the rest of the article reflects that perspective. You’ll be delighted to learn that when the gap is in favour of men it’s “positive” (the problem must be solved), but when it’s in favour of women it’s “negative” (no problem to be solved).
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