HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US   LINKS      
 

 
FEW SALFORD PEOPLE GET BBC MEDIA CITY JOBS
 

Star date: 16th January 2012

ONLY 1% OF MANCS AND SALFORDIANS WHO APPLIED TO BBC SALFORD GOT JOBS

`You were twice as likely to get a job at BBC Salford if you were from London'

Out of 15,238 people from Manchester and Salford who applied for jobs at the BBC's new base at MediaCityUK, 154 got jobs, which is only 1%.

The figures are revealed today by The Guardian newspaper's Northerner Blog following a Freedom of Information request. The Northerner also reveals that, proportionately, people from London who applied to the BBC were more likely to be taken on than those from Manchester or Salford.

Update 17th Jan: The MEN today reveals that only 16 people from Salford got a full time job at the BBC. 

Full details here…


It's really confusing but, following a Freedom of Information request by The Guardian's Northerner Blog, the first official details of jobs at the BBC's new base at Salford's MediaCityUK have been revealed today.

Overall, nationally, 66,657 registered at the BBC's online jobs bank for a total of 238 vacancies. And 529 people got jobs - but that includes externally advertised vacancies as well as the online jobs bank. The figures are all mixed up.

However, out of 15,238 people who applied from the Manchester postcode, which includes Salford, only 154 got jobs, which is 1.01%. Meanwhile, 209 people from the London postcodes who applied got jobs at Salford, a figure of 2.29%. In other words, you were twice as likely to get a job at BBC Salford if you were from London. These figures exclude people already working for the BBC who got relocated from Oxford Road and London.

The BBC didn't provide any figures for those people from Salford who applied and got jobs at the BBC. The Salford Star is intending to put another Freedom of Information request into the BBC asking for this information * 

Whatever the outcome, the initial jobs figures seem to fly in the face of original official statements stating that thousands of new jobs will be created at MediaCityUK. The Learning and Skills Council, for instance, stated that "the move of the BBC to Salford Quays, and the mediacity:uk developments are estimated to bring 15,000 new jobs to the city…"

With the biggest tenant, the BBC, now in place a mere 529 new jobs have been created, with only 154 of those jobs shared between both Manchester and Salford people….

…That's not many jobs for the millions of pounds of public money being pumped into both the BBC and MediaCityUK. In a few months, for example, Salford Council will be writing out a cheque for £3million to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as this year's instalment of its £20million sponsorship - at a time when elderly people's day care centres and welfare rights services in the city are having Council funding withdrawn…

* UPDATE 17th January -The Manchester Evening News have beat us to it and today show that only 24 people from Salford got jobs at the BBC - and of those 24, eight were on six month ambassador contracts on £3.64 and £4.92 an hour (see here). In other words, only 16 people from Salford actually got a real job at the BBC. See here

For the full details of the BBC jobs see today's Guardian Northerner Blog – click here

Also see Guardian journalist Sarah Hartley's blog for the original data – click here…

And see the original Salford Star article on the Media City Jobs Hype – click here… and here

UPDATE 17th January - Salford BBC Jobs Cost Over £200,000 Each! - click here

UPDATE 18th January - How The Public Paid For Peel Holdings MediaCityUK - click here

 


 

Gissa Job wrote
at 3:32:03 PM on Sunday, May 13, 2012
Starseed . Lucky you. You must have an extremely limited associaton with your work colleagues. Over THREE THOUSAND Salford people applied for jobs . SIXTEEN were successful in securing employment . Does not bode well for the future , does it ? With the vast amounts of SALFORD COUNCIL TAXPAYERS MONEY wasted in subsidising this Mediacity bullshit , the inept council cretins should have in place a guaranteed minimum intake from Salford in order to justify the massive amounts of OUR money 'invested'. Instead all we got was the usual shite - spouting from Spicer, Merry and the rest of the Ineptitude Gang about 'jobs for Salford '. COMPLETE AND UTTER CRAP .
 
Rachael Walker wrote
at 2:57:04 PM on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Winston- Thanks for responding, I didn't think anyone would so I haven't checked the forum recently! I haven't done a survey but my email is rach_walker123@live.co.uk if you want to email me and I shall reply with some questions.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 5:38:00 AM on Thursday, January 19, 2012
Rachael - if it helps you, I'll answer a few short questions but I'd rather not post my personal email address on a public foruum. Have you got an online survey or something?
 
Sir Bobby Peel wrote
at 12:37:13 AM on Thursday, January 19, 2012
#### Sir Bobby Peel's Top Tips #### Don't want to move your firm from London to Salford media city but still want a Manchester postcode so you can bid for all that creative film TV and radio work? Buy a virtual office for only £100 a month and tick all the boxes you need to get you hands on the filthy Northern lucre. Job done - southern money flowing south once again.
 
Rachael Walker wrote
at 2:45:22 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Would any of the people who have left comments on here be willing to answer some short questions to a student who desperately needs some research on how media city and the regeneration of the Quays has or has not benefitted the people of Salford? All your views here are well thought out so I'd really value your first hand opinions!
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 9:37:12 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
It feels weird, but I'm going to go against my standard cynicism and suggest a more positive view: 1) I would expect most of the 15000 proposed jobs to be indirect (e.g. via Salford businesses supplying goods and services to BBC etc). 2) Even 'just' 500 new jobs paying an average of £20k means £10 million extra pounds per annum coming into Salford, a lot of which can *potentially* be spent on local accommodation, goods, services, bars, restaurants, whatever and thus benefitting the local economy. 3) I would guess that existing BBC employees that were at risk of redundancy, because of the move, have been given preference - it's not unusual for public organisations to try to look after their existing staff, they'd be slagged off a lot more if they didn't. This north/south employee count thing will balance out in time.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 11:07:31 PM on Monday, January 16, 2012
See Milton comment below...Yep, def did the maths upside down - we stand to be corrected and have changed it. We'll never get a job at the BBC now! Thanks Milt.
 
Milton Grimshaw wrote
at 10:55:54 PM on Monday, January 16, 2012
Just a slight correction on your maths the figure of 0.98% is incorrect it is roughly 1.011%, so saying it is less than 1% is not factually true; I think you did your maths upside down. ;-) OK the figures are near as damn it similar, but lets not give anyone bullets to say you got it wrong.
 
Starseed wrote
at 10:55:38 PM on Monday, January 16, 2012
I got a great paying job at the BBC at MediaCityUk. I'm born, bred, educated and live in Salford. Everyone I speak is from Salford or Manchester. Or am I only speaking to the 0.98%?
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star
Cornerstone ad new
Salford Star T-shirt ad
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
Salford Star photo stories
Mary Burns Publishing
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: MANCHESTER ANTI AUSTERITY PROTEST DRAWS THOUSANDS
Hardly representing the people, just a bunch of load mouth lefties. The suport at the election shows they are a rather pointless g... [more]
article: SALFORD RESIDENTS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC PARK ATMOSFIELD STUDENT FESTIVAL
Councillor Antrobus, Did enough damage to Salford when he was in charge of Labours Regeneration Programme , Salfordians In Langwor... [more]
article: SALFORD RESIDENTS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC PARK ATMOSFIELD STUDENT FESTIVAL
I shall be walking my 2 dogs that day as I do every day, let them dare try and stop me. Also as I live on riverside the letter we ... [more]
article: SALFORD RESIDENTS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC PARK ATMOSFIELD STUDENT FESTIVAL
Cllr Derek Antrobus sits on the Board of Governors for Salford University, ... He is head of Planning, and the University expands ... [more]
article: SALFORD CHARITY CHAMP WINS COMMUNITY AWARD
Ethan you never cease to amaze me with your sustained campaign to help others keep it up and you can look back in the years to com... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP GETS HUGE SUPPORT IN ST ANN’S SQUARE

Star date: 24th May 2015

HOMELESS CAMP SUPPORT GROWS

Having been evicted from Albert Square and St Peter's Square, the Manchester Homeless Camp is now set up in St Ann's Square, right in the heart of the city centre. The Camp is a protest against the doubling in the number of homeless people in both Manchester and Salford over the last year.

"We've had a lot of public support... people coming over and giving food and donations" said Salford activist, Saffron, who is staying at the Camp in between work and college.

Full details here...

MANCHESTER ANTI AUSTERITY PROTEST DRAWS THOUSANDS

Star date: 23rd May 2015

A LOUD AND CLEAR MESSAGE TO DAVID CAMERON FROM GREATER MANCHESTER

`I wish I was a dog and Cameron was a tree, I would cock my leg and let him know what I think of thee...'

Around two thousand people attended today's anti-austerity protest in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens, complete with speakers, songs, stalls and sunshine. With campaign groups ranging from the Manchester Homeless Camp to anti-Bedroom Tax, anti-TTIP, and anti-DevoManc there was one message that came across very clear – Tories and their cuts and their austerity policies are not welcome here...

Full details here...

UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD STAFF TO STRIKE AGAIN OVER VIOLATION OF EMPLOYEES’ RIGHTS

Star date: 23rd May 2015

HUGE STRIKES SET FOR SALFORD UNIVERSITY

"No institution should be allowed...violate its employees' rights in this way"

Staff at the University of Salford are set for more strikes over the sacking of two employees which the trade union, UCU, believes was related to their union activities. Following a recent one-day walkout, union members will take part in a four day strike next week, Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th May, and a week-long strike from 1st to 5th June.

"No institution should be allowed to ride roughshod over agreed procedures and violate its employees' rights in this way" says UCU regional official, Martyn Moss.

Full details here...

GREATER MANCHESTER PROTEST AGAINST AUSTERITY

Star date: 22nd May 2015

END AUSTERITY NOW!

Protest Against Austerity
Saturday 23rd May 12noon
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

A massive protest against austerity is set to take place, tomorrow, Saturday 23rd May in Piccadilly Gardens and those who would not normally go to a demo are being urged to attend. There's going to be live music, speakers and fun.

The demonstration and rally is being called by two blokes, Mike Atkinson and Liam Callacher, with the full backing of The People's Assembly... "No longer can we get on our hands and knees and beg the establishment for pittance" state the organisers "We as communities, we as people, must act together to combat these measures..."

Full details here...

SALFORD RESIDENTS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC PARK ATMOSFIELD STUDENT FESTIVAL

Star date: 21st May 2015

SALFORD UNIVERSITY PEEL PARK FESTIVAL EXCLUDES SALFORD PEOPLE

The Atmosfield music festival, to be held in Peel Park on May 30th by Salford University Students Union, is excluding Salford residents from attending. The student-only event, in the world's first public park, has been slated by Salford Music Festival organiser, Ed Blaney, who says: "It is typical to exclude the residents of Salford; music is for all, not just students visiting the city..."

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx