Hollywood Gender Pay Gap in the Spotlight

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23 Dec 2016

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With mere months leading up to the UK Gender Pay Reporting deadline date, the requirement is already monopolising headlines, even stretching as far as Hollywood news.

For years, there has been a palpable pay gap between male and female actors in Hollywood. The star-studded industry has been scrutinised time and time again for paying female stars less than their male co-stars: At the start of the year, Ricky Gervais even used the Gender Pay Gap in Hollywood as material for his opening monologue at the Golden Globes. However, it finally appears that Hollywood film makers are being proactive with their remuneration of film stars. The latest Star Wars film, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, has recently hit the headlines for a number of reasons. Not only does it rank among some of the most anticipated films of all time, but the sci-fi movie also reportedly selected a female actress as their highest paid cast member ‘by far’. After a string of nominations for her role in ‘The Theory of Everything’, Felicity Jones has allegedly been able to negotiate a seven-figure salary upfront for the Star Wars film, while it’s been reported that her male peers including Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn didn’t even manage to achieve mid-six figures for their roles. The reports are being seen by some as a breakthrough for the film industry, after a prolonged stretch of male salaries dominating women’s. Many individuals within the film industry called for better pay for females after the Sony Pictures hack in 2014, which discovered a significant pay disparity between Jennifer Lawrence and her male co-stars Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper for the film American Hustle. The year after, in 2015, Sienna Miller turned down a role which offered 50% less pay than a male lead in a Broadway play, telling Vogue: “If it was two men, it wouldn't probably happen. Sad, but I walked away.” UK Gender Pay Gap The government has recently published the final Gender Pay Gap Regulations, for those organisations that employ 250 or more people. Qualifying organisations will have to:
  • Calculate the pay gap within the organisation before the 5 April 2017 snapshot date, from which point employers will have up to 12 months to publish this information. However, bonus information will need to be included for the 12 months preceding the 5 April snapshot date.
  • The information must be published on the organisation’s website and also the government’s dedicated portal.
For more information, see our gender pay gap reporting service page.

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