CIPR Spotlights Reputational Threat to British Industry from Pay Inequality

The news that male BBC news presenters will take a pay cut to address newsroom pay inequality, spotlights the reputational risk to organisations when pay inequality isn’t addressed, says the CIPR.

In April 2018, by law, employers with 250 employees or more staff will publish gender pay gap data annually.

Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President
Unequal pay is unlawful and remains one of the most pressing business issues facing UK industry. The BBC is a cautionary tale of mishandled communication and a warning for large companies to put their house in order.

Public relations professionals should be the eyes, ears and conscience of their organisation and have a duty to remind management teams of their legal duties and the reputational impact of non-compliance.
Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President

CIPR research to be published in February will highlight the glass ceiling faced by women in the public relations profession, who make up the majority of the workforce but are under-represented in senior roles. It will also show that the cost (in terms of earning) of being a woman in the public relations industry is going up.

In 2017 the CIPR published research into the experiences of senior women in PR in the context of unequal pay, and further statisical information on the pay gap in PR in State of the Profession 2017.

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Notes to editors

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).