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Sunday 22 September 2019

Gender pay divide in RTÉ just 4pc, but regional gap found

RTE director general Dee Forbes
RTE director general Dee Forbes

Niall O'Connor and Anne-Marie Walsh

A review into pay at RTÉ is today expected to show a slight discrepancy between genders working at the broadcaster.

The report - carried out by Kieran Mulvey - is likely to point to a pay gap of about 4pc, according to sources both within the broadcaster and in Government.

However, a regional/Dublin divide is also expected to form part of the findings.

Staff are expected to immediately criticise the report through their union representatives because of what they believe are flawed terms of reference.

As previously revealed by the Irish Independent, Mr Mulvey did not examine those who had negotiated lucrative presenting contracts with RTÉ management.

The terms of reference were particularly narrow in that they only applied to those on "permanent and fixed-term" contracts. It means the salaries earned by the broadcaster's highest earners will not shape whatever recommendations are made by Mr Mulvey, a respected mediator. Bonuses are also excluded, the Irish Independent understands.

The report will be launched by Mr Mulvey and the director general of RTÉ Dee Forbes this afternoon.

Another finding is expected to relate to the difference earned between regional staff and those based in Dublin.

It will take place after a meeting of the senior executives, followed by a briefing of staff.

RTÉ sources last night told the Irish Independent that the review would be criticised, given the terms of reference.

Staff are likely to call for further action into establishing the true size of the gender pay gap.

The gender pay gap row at RTÉ erupted over the discrepancy earned between presenters doing similar work, notably news anchors Bryan Dobson, who has since moved to 'Morning Ireland', and Sharon Ní Bheoláin.

RTÉ came under fire when it emerged Ms Ní Bheoláin was paid up to €80,000 less than Mr Dobson.

RTÉ recently brought forward for the publication date of the salaries of its highest-paid earners in 2015 after coming under major pressure from both staff and politicians.

The figures showed that Ryan Tubridy maintained his position as the best paid, with a salary of €495,000.

Irish Independent

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