ITV ready to give ‘serious pay rises’ to Coronation Street and Emmerdale stars

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Some ITV soap stars are reportedly getting a pay rise because of ‘tax demands’.

Several actors on Coronation Street and Emmerdale are reportedly paid as freelancers, but HMRC mandates that they become ‘staff’. As a result, ITV has failed to pay these stars’ national insurance or holiday pay, as it writes The sun.

Names like cobblestone actors Tina O’Brien (Sarah Barlow), Colson Smith (Craig Tinker) and Sair Khan (Alya Nazir), as well as Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe) and Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle) are said to be running for pay raises.

Cashing in?  ITV soap stars reportedly getting pay rise over 'tax demands' [pictured Coronation Street's Tina O'Brien as Sarah Barlow]

Cashing in? ITV soap stars reportedly getting pay rise over ‘tax demands’ [pictured Coronation Street’s Tina O’Brien as Sarah Barlow]

A source said: ‘When this starts, everyone involved will push for the best possible deal to guarantee themselves a high salary, which could lead to serious pay increases.’

This reportedly follows a similar situation at the BBC with their actors.

It’s thought that if ITV didn’t adopt this structure, they won’t be able to hold onto cast members as tightly as they’d like.

Currently, the stars of Corrie and Emmerdale would not be able to spread their wings and work on other projects under their contracts.

Negotiations?  According to reports, actors on Coronation Street and Emmerdale are paid as freelancers, but HMRC determines they are made 'staff' [pictured Emmerdale's Matthew Wolfenden as David Metcalfe]

Negotiations?  According to reports, actors on Coronation Street and Emmerdale are paid as freelancers, but HMRC determines they are made 'staff' [pictured Emmerdale's Matthew Wolfenden as David Metcalfe]

Negotiations? According to reports, actors on Coronation Street and Emmerdale are paid as freelancers, but HMRC determines they are made ‘staff’ [pictured Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden as David Metcalfe]

The new enforcement suggests that ITV will have to allow them to do this unless they make them ‘staff’.

MailOnline has approached ITV for comment.

In March, it was reported that the CEO of ITV has taken a 20 percent pay cut on her base salary for seven months during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to documents.

Dame Carolyn McCall’s voluntary decision came to the fore when the broadcaster revealed that the gender pay gap at the organization was growing in 2020 – although the gender pay gap was narrowing.

The boss agreed to a salary cut, raising her base salary for a year from £923,000 to £833,000, the broadcaster’s annual report showed.

Limited: Currently, the stars of Corrie and Emmerdale would not be able to spread their wings and work on other projects under their contracts [pictured Sair Khan as Alya Nazir in Coronation Street]

Limited: Currently, the stars of Corrie and Emmerdale would not be able to spread their wings and work on other projects under their contracts [pictured Sair Khan as Alya Nazir in Coronation Street]

Limited: Currently, the stars of Corrie and Emmerdale would not be able to spread their wings and work on other projects under their contracts [pictured Sair Khan as Alya Nazir in Coronation Street]

Her total salary package for 2020 was £1.1m – down from £3.1m in 2019 – after including pension contributions, share awards and benefits, which were also reduced. No bonus was paid.

Chief Financial Officer Chris Kennedy also agreed to a seven-month pay cut during the height of the first wave, which left him out of £88,000. He still took home £665,000 for the year.

The final details came when the company also released its gender pay gap report, showing that the median pay gap between its male and female employees has risen to 9.8 percent — up from 8.7 percent a year earlier.

Bosses pointed out that the median gender pay gap decreased from 13.2 percent in 2019 to 12.1 percent in 2020.

A source said: 'If this starts, everyone involved will push for the best deal possible to guarantee themselves a high salary, which could lead to serious pay increases' [pictured Emmerdale's Lucy Pargeter asChas Dingle]

A source said: 'If this starts, everyone involved will push for the best deal possible to guarantee themselves a high salary, which could lead to serious pay increases' [pictured Emmerdale's Lucy Pargeter asChas Dingle]

A source said: ‘If this starts, everyone involved will push for the best deal possible to guarantee themselves a high salary, which could lead to serious pay increases’ [pictured Emmerdale’s Lucy Pargeter asChas Dingle]

Payday: Names like cobblestone actor Colson Smith, who plays Craig Tinker, could be in the running for pay increases

Payday: Names like cobblestone actor Colson Smith, who plays Craig Tinker, could be in the running for pay increases

Payday: Names like cobblestone actor Colson Smith, who plays Craig Tinker, could be in the running for pay increases

The gender balance at ITV is 53.2 percent women and 46.8 percent men, and the gap exists because more men are working in the highest or high-paying positions, the company said.

It added: “However, the number of women in the top quartile has increased from 42.0 percent in 2017 to 45.1 percent in 2020.

“The number of women in the upper middle class has also increased from 47.6 percent in 2017 to 51.1 percent in 2020.”

ITV boss: Dame Carolyn McCall received a 20 per cent pay cut on her base salary for seven months during the Covid-19 pandemic

ITV boss: Dame Carolyn McCall received a 20 per cent pay cut on her base salary for seven months during the Covid-19 pandemic

ITV boss: Dame Carolyn McCall received a 20 per cent pay cut on her base salary for seven months during the Covid-19 pandemic

ITV’s gender pay gap has narrowed significantly, with the median gap between white employees and employees of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) background narrowing from 5.1 percent in 2019 to 0.1 percent in 2020.

On average, it fell from 6.7 percent to 1.7 percent.

The company said: “There is still a slightly higher proportion of employees with BAME backgrounds in the lower quartile pay band, reflecting the greater diversity of participants in our entry-level plans and also in entry-level positions as we actively seek to open up these opportunities.” for individuals who may not have previously considered ITV as a potential employer.’

Documents: It also emerged when the broadcaster revealed that the gender pay gap at the organization was widening in 2020 - though the gender pay gap narrowed

Documents: It also emerged when the broadcaster revealed that the gender pay gap at the organization was widening in 2020 - though the gender pay gap narrowed

Documents: It also emerged when the broadcaster revealed that the gender pay gap at the organization was widening in 2020 – though the gender pay gap narrowed

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