Monday 18 December 2017

Top stars won't be included in RTÉ gender pay review

‘Late, Late Show’ host Ryan Tubridy. Photo: Andres Poveda
‘Late, Late Show’ host Ryan Tubridy. Photo: Andres Poveda
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The pay of RTÉ's most high-profile stars will be excluded from the review being conducted by the former Workplace Relations Commission chief Kieran Mulvey, the Irish Independent has learned.

Mr Mulvey has been given until September 30 to determine the scale of the gender pay gap at the national broadcaster.

The respected mediator has been requested to complete a "scoping exercise", which will look at the various pay grades of "pensionable staff".

But sources confirmed last night that the review will not include the pay of the station's most high-profile broadcasters, including Marian Finucane, Miriam O'Callaghan, Joe Duffy and Ryan Tubridy.

This is because the broadcasters do not have staff jobs, and have instead negotiated contracts via their own private companies.

"You could not have a situation where the review looked at individual contracts that have been agreed between the presenters and RTÉ management," a source told the Irish Independent.

"It will instead look at the pay grades for permanent, pensionable staff, and whether there are in fact disparities," the source added.

Staff at the station have requested that they have an input into the terms of reference for the review, which have yet to be published.

The controversy surrounding the gender pay issue at Montrose was prompted by the decision by the BBC to publish the details of the salaries paid to its best-known stars.

Then last week, RTÉ newscaster Sharon Ní Bheoláin revealed that she earns up to €80,000 less than her co-anchor Bryan Dobson.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar then intervened in the RTÉ pay row, telling station bosses that he believes "strongly" in the principle of equal pay for equal work.

Mr Varadkar also insisted that the Government will force all companies to address the issue of gender imbalance in the workplace.

RTÉ bosses will now attempt to defuse the controversy surrounding gender pay, amid concerns that it has damaged staff morale.

The broadcaster has said it will bring forward the publication date for the latest salaries paid to its stars.

The latest list from 2014 showed that Ryan Tubridy was RTÉ's top earner on €495,000. He was followed by Joe Duffy (€416,893), Marian Finucane (€295,000), Sean O'Rourke (€290,096) and Miriam O'Callaghan (€280,445).

Irish Independent

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