Award-winning actor, writer and producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has translated on-screen success into cash, says The Times. Her company, PMWB, turned over £22m in the last 20 months. The company posted a pre-tax profit of £15.6m and paid £1.3m in corporation tax last year, while Waller-Bridge took £1.4m as a dividend and paid herself a director’s salary of £33,000. During the lockdown, she provided grants to those who lost work when theatres closed.
Jenni Murray, a former presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, is “infuriated” at how much Emma Barnett, her successor on the programme, is earning, says Louise Burke in The Sunday Telegraph. Murray, who presented the programme for 33 years, was paid just over £100,000 a year; Barnett will get £240,000 £249,999. The BBC said Barnett’s pay is for four days a week hosting Woman’s Hour, plus Newsnight, her former 5 Live show and other BBC work while Murray was paid for 2.5 days a week pro-rata.
Almost 30,000 John Lewis workers have signed a petition against the company’s “poverty wages”, says The Daily Telegraph. Any say they are paid less than the “real living wage” of £9.50 an hour, or £10.85 in London. John Lewis said the hourly rate for all non-management employees is £10.32. But last year, it scrapped its bonus scheme for the first time since 1953 after reporting an annual loss of £517m, the first in its history. It will not reinstate the bonus until 2022 at the earliest.
Kris Paterson is a writer for WhatJobs.com