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Samira Ahmed wins equal pay claim against the BBC

Makbool Javaid

An ET has held that the work done by Jeremy Vine on Points of View and Samira Ahmed on Newswatch was ‘like work’ i.e. work that is the same or broadly similar. Claire Darwin of Matrix Chambers represented Samira Ahmed, who report that the ET held that the differences between the two programmes were minor differences and had no impact on the work that the two presenters did, or the skills and experience required to present the programmes. The BBC failed to prove that the difference in pay (£3,000 and £440) was because of a neutral factor other than the difference in gender. None of the factors advanced by the BBC, including the profile of the two programmes, the profile of the two presenters and their broadcasting range and experience, explained the difference in pay at any stage. Accordingly, SA’s claim for equal pay with JV between May 2012 and 30 September 2018 [reported to be nearly £700,000] succeeded in full.


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