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ONLY 34 SALFORD PEOPLE GETS JOBS AS BBC ORCHESTRA PICKS UP £3M
 

Star date: 9th April 2013

BBC PHILHARMONIC GETS ANOTHER £3M IN MEDIACITYUK JOBS DESERT

This month, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will pick up another cheque for £3million from hard up Salford City Council, as a Freedom of Information request to the BBC reveals that, since its arrival at MediaCityUK, only around three dozen Salford people have actually got jobs there.

Full details here…


The latest £3million instalment of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra's £20million sponsorship from Salford Council is due to be paid this month, just as a Freedom of Information request has revealed that only 34 people from Salford are currently working at the Beeb's Salford base.

The FOI request, from The Sun, showed that, currently, only 32 new staff with Salford addresses are on the BBC's payroll. A further two young people, who joined the BBC's `young ambassadors' project got jobs, out of the original nine on the low paid scheme (see here for further details). It totals just 1.5% of the total 2,300 employees at the BBC.

The figures exclude 180 existing staff who already lived in Salford and worked at the old BBC HQ in Manchester. The figures also exclude people in jobs like cleaning and security, who are employed by different companies.

The chances of Salford people getting further jobs at MediaCityUK are looking slimmer by the day, as the BBC is currently on a job shedding exercise. When Salford Star visited the BBC strike picket lines last month (see here), NUJ official Keith Murray, argued that Salford people had been let down by Media City…

"In terms of local people getting jobs here, to be brutally honest it's cleaning jobs, it's catering jobs, it's not the sort of highly skilled journalistic jobs that the area was promised when Media City was first muted" he said "If the BBC is making existing members of staff compulsorily redundant that means in terms of taking on anyone who lives locally into those jobs, it's an incredibly slim chance. Why would they be taking people on whilst sacking people?"

These latest job figures show that, even before the proposed sackings, Salford people were just not getting jobs at the BBC – despite the annual £3million sponsorship for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. And despite the huge sums of public money being poured into the coffers of MediaCityUK owner Peel Holdings.

 

 

 

Michael Felse wrote
at 10:53:45 on 13 April 2013
Am no friend of Gordon Brown or Tony Blair but they will look like Good Tooth Fairies when set against Cameron and Clegg's no training or job then take a no benefit fine. I hope Salford Council is strong enough to resist the Con-Dem way of kicking young people into shape. Boot-Camp training never works when it is run for the wrong reasons. I would urge Mayor Stewart to engage in a Vibrant Cooperative City approach asking what people want. We must not support people being force trained as if battery chickens. That would be an attack on the benefits that are there for good reason. I do hope Future Skills is able to prove it is real training with new jobs in their Future Salford solution.
 
In Salford wrote
at 10:53:33 on 13 April 2013
http://cheshire.greatbritishlife.co.uk/article/bbc-breakfast-presenter-louise-minchin-on-leaving-london-behind-for-a-new-life-in-chester-44761/ That is not living in Salford. What about David Cox? He was the bloke who crashed his car and drowned earlier this year. He was living in Buxton. If there are any snake oil or magic bean sellers reading this, then knock on the door of Salford council and fill yer boots.
 
dave wrote
at 06:26:24 on 13 April 2013
Hey Michael Felse u mean like salford council use to soak up compulsory training places under the back to work scheme started by gordon brown. they had loads of peple working at the counsil just for there dole money they got nowt off the counsil all they got was JSA off the DWP. slave labour on the cheap but the counsil slag govurnment off for it they got £67 aweek for workin 35 hours thats £1.92 an hour evil robbing buggers just like govurnment in salford
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 05:26:12 on 12 April 2013
My biggest suspicion is that a hidden plan is getting Salford ready to soak up compulsory training places for our young unemployed. Watch out for Cameron and his friends when the benefits are cut from those out of work if they do not take up training. The plan is not one that will be a happy journey for many as it needs exit jobs from training to inspire people. How much do we trust that to be built into the big plan?
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 20:38:24 on 11 April 2013
Dougie, as I've tried (and unfortunately, failed) to get through to some of the correspondents on this board, Peel Holdings are the ultimate winner in this whole scenario - the docks as they once were have changed - this is true but only after dear old peel used them to pull every last bit of coin from the local development budget. You could have had a Snow Centre near to the Liverpool St Gasworks, An Olympic Stadium in Trafford Park and a Hotel (not mr wilkinsons) in the middle of Peel Park. Instead the stadium idea gets shipped to East Manchester, Auntie Beeb moves in on the quays and offices that have laid dormant suddenly get relabelled "Media Centres"...though It has to be said Guardian Media Group (now part of Capital Radio) have been in Salford a lot longer than Auntie! What this means for those looking for Jobs in the area remains to be seen, but Auntie and Peel Media must live up to their promise - and give an opportunity to be part of this through work or training.
 
Dougie wrote
at 19:39:07 on 11 April 2013
yes jobs for ALL of GM, not just Salford...... and are you really sure that a top job at the BBC will go to a person on Ordsall lane...... The best person for the job,,, regardless of where they are from or what colour,why onearth should you expect to step right into a job because you are from Salford, how many of the relocated live n Salford, quitle a lot actually, inc Langworthy road as it so handy for them and yes i wondered what the new skills building was, opening soon, but will it make a difference?
 
wrote
at 17:26:53 on 11 April 2013
Michael, looking at it from in the round, I look forward (in hope) that Mediacity UKs partners will actually consider taking on locals from the outlying areas (and by that, I mean Salford and other districts in the GM Area). Our University is already there - a stones throw away from the main studio complex. True, a minimum number are there at the moment but I hope the opportunities promised by the projects partners come to fruition else the fires of ambition burning at that there media Academy will be dowsed v. quickly and leading to the question - why are they there?
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 13:57:13 on 11 April 2013
Brian, problem is that trade people used in projects often goes to cheapest labour instead of working with our Trade Unions at a UK trade rate. I urge Salford Labour Group to install into all contracts that only Trade Union crafted workers will ever be used in any Salford Council funded contracts.
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 12:34:14 on 11 April 2013
A point about the jobs angle, I wasn't expecting the corporation to start employing Salfordians on day one...but given such a project was built on outside labour (most of it from another country! - see the articles) wouldn't you think our city had the electricians, builders, and maintenance staff to do the job?
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 15:51:19 on 10 April 2013
Dougie, well said but all is being corrected by the brand new Skills Future @ MediaCityUk building on a Peel piece of land on Langworthy Road. Local people can learn future skills. I walked past it today and while the big display boards says it opens in Spring 2013 it is not too far behind schedule as it moves towards completion sometime this year. What we now need is serious investment in Chapel Street, Eccles and Pendleton to have decent jobs for the retrained to go to and not keep relying on Peel to build the only new jobs in the City.
 
Dougie wrote
at 11:31:34 on 10 April 2013
Look, the deal is plain to see..... The Beeb were offered a sweetner for the Phil to the tune of a massive amount of 3 million per year from Salford council to relocate to Salford and Not Bristol/Sheffield/elswhere... sounds a lot but look what it has brought to a run down area, lot's more businesses around the beeb have sprung up and are thriving that do employ Salford/Manchester workrs. Also the small number of Salford jobs they state are permanent beeb positions, but don't include the vast majority of full time fixed contract workers who are freelance at the BBC... and no i do not work there before you ask. The waste of council money are in projects like Chapel street regeneration, and silly quango's. Bloomin sort it out Salford Council, we are getting mad !
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 11:30:34 on 10 April 2013
I suspect The Sun's motives for the FOI request are just another News Corps attempt to undermine the BBC. Since News Corps hack the phones of murdered children and accuse Liverpool fans of stealing from their dead friends, they're hardly the people to side with against the BBC, even if the council are stupid enough to spend £3Million on violinists while Salford goes down the pan
 
dave wrote
at 11:30:22 on 10 April 2013
Mr Felse, I think you will find almost all will not live in the city, most have relocated to Didsbury, Chorlton, Altrincham and Hale. The jobs total is based on people in jobs with salford postcodes, if they don't have a salford postcode then they're not local people !!!!
 
Dave Hedge wrote
at 11:30:02 on 10 April 2013
Matt you have got a little confused with your figures, understandable with all the slashing the council are doing to budgets for kids. The cut to M.A.P.A.S is £300,000k a year which means the £3m given to the philharmonic would pay for 10 years of music tuition in schools.
 
Musical Matt wrote
at 06:56:11 on 10 April 2013
Well it makes sense does it not, slash funding to MAPAS and give £3m to the BBC Philharmonic. What planet are the council on? The young people of Salford are being prevented from learning to play a musical instrument due to MAPAS funding being slashed by the council, so why spend money on the orchestra when the next generation in Salford will not be able to connect with it? I belive the funding cuts to MAPAS were in the region of £1.5m a year, so this one payment of £3m could have funded musical tution for thousands of Salford school children for the next 2 years.
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 06:54:51 on 10 April 2013
The sad reality we were sold a package by Labour that to be honest fell short of the windshield ticket. They tried the same trick with the courts in Salford. The millions of pounds wasted is shocking any one reading Manchester councils bid could see it would fail but even that had the addition of the orchestra why god knows, the jobs gained have been at a premium and most of the jobs councillor Merry talks of are more than likely low paid, lets get real the BBC have brought there staff with them and today they get a great deal on the cheap. But we have fore filled lots of Labour egos just like the rugby ground fiasco. And while this goes on more and more people on the shop floor will bite the dust.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 06:53:56 on 10 April 2013
What is the definition of a Salford person? When the BBC's staff moved into Salford with their relocation allowances they must have become Salford people. It is my guess thousands have moved into Salford over the last 15 years, such as me exiled from Doncaster. We should rejoice in the many new workers that came into Salford, bringing their technical skills and a raft of new investment to help Salford people begin to learn new, improved, job ready skills.
 
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