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xxm 11 January 2012
Dear Ms Hartley, Freedom of Information Act 2000 – RFI20111502 Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act (the Act) of 05 December 2011. BBC North's objective is to serve and represent audiences across the whole of the UK. It will deliver locally produced, high quality content for every platform using the latest innovations in technology. BBC North will also lead the way in training and developing local talent, building on the rich mix of skills and experience already available in the North of England. It will also forge new partnerships with organisations across the North of England to bring the BBC closer to the public. BBC North has been operational since May 2011 and started broadcasting live from the site in September of this year. It is the BBC’s new base in the North of England and is the home of BBC Children’s, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport as well as individual departments which were based at BBC Manchester where programmes such as Dragon’s Den, Question of Sport, Mastermind and the BBC’s regional North West news and current affairs output was produced. In April 2012, the first phase of migration will be complete with the arrival of Breakfast News, the first network news programme to be broadcast outside London. The BBC recently announced that an additional 1,000 posts will move to MediaCityUK by the end of the current charter period, bringing the total number of staff based on-site to 3,300. BBC North will ultimately be responsible for thousands of hours of content for TV, radio and online and has already established a strong track record for investing in network programmes including Eric & Ernie, South Riding and United; digital content for BBC Children’s through @North; Kicker Fund investment for Radio 5 live and BBC Sport and live events such as the award-winning Frankenstein’s Wedding...Live In Leeds. Of the BBC North workforce based at MediaCityUK, made up of BBC staff and new recruits, approximately half were originally locally based (i.e. either working for the BBC in Manchester and or/living within reasonable travelling distance of MediaCityUK already), and half chose to move to
the North either when their BBC jobs were relocated to Salford or as a result of applying for Salford-based jobs. Of the BBC North workforce now based at MediaCityUK, made up of BBC staff and new recruits, approximately half were originally locally based (i.e. either working for the BBC in Manchester and or/living within reasonable travelling distance of MediaCityUK already), and half chose to move to the North either when their BBC jobs were relocated to Salford or as a result of applying for Salford-based jobs. Additionally, there are Salford and Manchester-based people working at MediaCityUK for BBC North’s contractors and partners. BBC North also works with colleges and universities on training and developing a workforce for the future. You asked for information about the BBC North Recruitment Database – the ‘jobs bank’. The data we have for applicants relates to people who applied speculatively to the jobs bank. I will deal with each of your points in the order that you have raised them: Q1. How many jobseekers registered with the jobsbank? 66,657 people registered speculatively with the jobs bank Q2. How many of those were accepted into the ‘talent pool’ i.e. how many passed the online testing? The online assessments were designed to filter in to the talent pool c.75-80% of all applicants that best matched the BBC’s Values and working culture of BBC North. In line with best practice, a cut-off score was set, above which candidates would progress into the talent pool. Of those applicants that completed the online assessment 77% (38,876. people) exceeded the cut off score and progressed into the talent pool. Q3. How many vacancies were advertised via the jobsbank? The jobsbank was set up to create a pool of skilled applicants from which vacancies for jobs in BBC North could be filled. The objective was to make it easier and quicker for applicants so that they would only need to apply once for the majority of opportunities at BBC North. After making this speculative application their details would be reviewed to see whether they were a suitable match for specific vacancies. As of 12 December, 238 vacancies were sourced purely from the speculative applicants within the jobs bank.
Q4. What were the postcodes of the applicants? Please could you detail how many for each area. Table1 is a table of applications by postal district for those who applied speculatively to the jobs bank.
Location Manchester PD Greater Manchester Lancashire Cheshire Liverpool PD South West London West Yorkshire Staffordshire Leeds PD West London North London East London South East London North West London Sheffield PD North Yorkshire Birmingham PD East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Cumbria Glasgow PD Newcastle PD North Wales Tees & Wear West Midlands Northern Ireland Nottingham PD Chilterns Cambridge and Peterborough Edinburgh PD Hertfordshire Leicester PD Cardiff PD Surrey & Sussex Coventry PD Bristol PD Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire Derby PD Hereford, Gloucester & Worcester Oxford PD South Kent Grampian & Fife Applications 15,238 7,785 4,549 4,398 2,400 2,097 1,699 1,602 1,483 1,384 1,353 1,282 1,254 1,168 1,052 922 916 914 763 748 718 665 629 553 548 516 508 469 466 450 427 421 418 410 402 387 374 361 340 321 317
North East London Essex Reading PD South London Brighton PD North Kent Wiltshire Suffolk South West England South Wales Norwich PD Wessex Southampton PD Central Scotland West England Scottish Highlands Portsmouth PD Lowland Scotland Total
309 299 289 289 259 256 252 246 237 210 205 189 181 177 174 169 154 55 66,657
Q5. What were the salary bands of the advertised jobs? Table 2 shows the salary bands of the vacancies sourced solely via the jobs bank. Table 2
Grade 11 10 9 8 7 6 5/75 4 2&3 Total Number 4 14 23 42 55 10 4 38 23 23 238* Min 43,453 38,867 34,776 30,686 26,591 19,878 23,664 20,773 18,390 14,461 Max 68,784 61,508 55,010 48,549 42,637 42,637 37,438 32,825 28,772 25,230
*These vacancies resulted in the appointment of 529 posts. N.B. There are more posts appointed than vacancies because an individual vacancy can be created to fill multiple roles eg: one generic Broadcast Journalist vacancy could be created to fill six roles Q6. Please could you detail how many vacancies there were for each band. Individual jobs have different salaries and we are unable to provide data for each individual role. However, each job at the BBC is given a grade and we have outlined in Table 2 the number of vacancies by grade and given the salary ranges for these vacancies. Q7. How many posts were filled via the jobsbank? As of 12 Dec, 529 posts were filled from applicants within the jobsbank. Q8. What were the postcodes of the successful applicants? Please could you detail how many for each area. The postcode data in Table 3 for posts filled relates to two categories of people: those who were successfully appointed following speculative application through the jobs bank plus those who were successfully appointed through application to externally advertised specific roles. Table 3
Location West London South West London Chilterns Southampton PD South London Essex North East London North West London East London Hertfordshire Surrey & Sussex Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire South East London North London Suffolk Cumbria Wessex Greater Manchester Manchester PD Staffordshire Birmingham PD
Hires 61 58 14 4 6 6 6 22 23 8 7 5 16 17 3 9 2 79 154 14 8
Sheffield PD Hereford, Gloucester & Worcester Leeds PD Cheshire North Kent Liverpool PD Coventry PD West Midlands West Yorkshire Edinburgh PD Cambridge and Peterborough South Kent Oxford PD West England Central Scotland Derby PD Bristol PD Lancashire Cardiff PD East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire South West England Newcastle PD Glasgow PD Brighton PD Reading PD Tees & Wear Leicester PD Nottingham PD Northern Ireland North Wales North Yorkshire Total
9 3 12 35 2 18 3 4 12 3 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 22 2 4 1 3 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 680
Q9. What were the salary bands of the vacancies filled? Please could you detail how many of each were successfully filled. Table 4 below outlines the number and salary ranges for the vacancies in Table 3 – both those filled via the jobs bank i.e. 529 roles PLUS 161 roles from individually advertised roles. Table 4 Grade 11 Number Min 23 43,453 Max 68,784
10 9 8 7 6 5/75 4 3 2 trainee Total
35 77 102 189 32 25 110 49 34 14 6 690**
38,867 34,776 30,686 26,951 19,878 23,664 20,733 18,390 16,147 14,461 13975
61,508 55,010 48,549 42,637 42,637 37,438 32,825 28,772 25,230 22,197 14495
This figure** includes 10 people who were initially hired who for various reasons did not end up starting in post.
Appeal Rights If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to an internal review by a BBC senior manager or legal adviser. Please contact us at the address above, explaining what you would like us to review and including your reference number. If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner. The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625 545 700 or see http://www.ico.gov.uk/ Yours sincerely,
Ken Lee, HR Director BBC North
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