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Ottawa, Apr 20 (Canadian-Media): Despite the public broadcaster's gender-neutral criteria to recruit and retain highly sought-after employees, male hosts who work for the CBC/Radio Canada make an average of almost 9.5 percent more than their female counterparts, media reports said.
Most employment categories listed in a recent CBC disclosure document such as male editors, managers and producers also all make more than their female counterparts reflecting the gender disparity in salaries.
Female reporters are an exception in this case as they make on average almost 3.5 percent more than men in the same role.
The data were released in response to a request made under the Access to Information Act by a University of Ottawa academic.
Even if some of the differences in the average remuneration for male and female staff were reportedly explained by their length of tenure in each “pay band,” or unionized salary category, the most significant source of the disparity is due to what the CBC calls “addrem,” or additional remuneration.
Sonya Fatah, an assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism, suggested the disclosure prompts more questions.
“Research shows that women shy away from negotiating for higher pay not because they lack confidence but because they may suffer the social cost of entering negotiations, whether those negotiations fail or succeed.”
In contrast to a number of other Canadian media companies, women occupy many of the top jobs at the CBC, including the heads of English-language services, news and TV programming.
Reportedly Catherine Tait will become the broadcaster’s first female president when she takes over in July.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)