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BBC SALFORD LOW WAGES SCANDAL AT MEDIACITYUK
 

Star date: 24th May 2011

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD'S YOUNG PEOPLE OFFERED RATES AS LOW AS £3.64 AN HOUR TO BE BBC AMBASSADORS…And if they do really well they could be offered the chance to work in `security and housekeeping'

While Salford's consultant charged with finding jobs for people from `deprived communities' pockets £650 a day, young people are being offered minimum wage rates of just £3.64 or £4.92 an hour to `welcome and look after guests' at the new BBC Headquarters at MediaCityUK.

Full story here…


Chris Marsh, the consultant charged with finding work at MediaCityUK for people from `deprived' areas, gets paid £46,800 for just 12 days work a month on a six month contract, or £650 a day.

Meanwhile, Salford's young people are being offered six month jobs at the BBC for just £3.64 or £4.92 an hour.

The BBC is currently advertising for young Salford (and Trafford) people to become `Ambassadors' at its new HQ in MediaCityUK.

"We are looking for local young people to work in reception, supporting teams by welcoming and looking after their guests" the job spec states "We need people who can represent the BBC positively and enthusiastically to visitors and our local communities; and who can also represent their local community positively to BBC staff and visitors."

It adds that it will be "a fantastic chance to be involved in a huge part of the BBC's history."

Specific tasks include `welcome guests appropriately and professionally', `ensuring guests needs are met', `talking to them and ensuring they are comfortable' and to `represent the BBC and your local community in a positive and enthusiastic manner' `you will not be working on making programmes'.

The 12 full time equivalent jobs pay minimum wage rates of just £3.64 an hour for 16 and 17 year olds, and £4.92 an hour for 18 and 19 year olds. And the Ambassadors jobs have been created, the advert states "As part of the BBC's commitment to the local economy and young people".

It also states that "there may be opportunities to get involved in other areas with our partners at Balfour Beatty and find out more about how buildings are managed. This could include working with security, catering, housekeeping, tours and the post room team".

Peter Salmon, the Director of BBC North, stated recently…

"As we begin to make a home for the BBC at MediaCityUK I am proud that we are making good on our promise to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to recruitment."

* This story was brought to the Salford Star by a mum who lives in a `deprived' area of Salford, disgusted that her daughter was asked to work for such rates while so much money was being paid to consultants, and BBC staff who can keep their London weighting while working in Salford.


* For those young people not lucky enough to land one of the BBC posts, the annual Salford Quays dispersal order means they could get kicked out the area just for walking around with their mates – if the police have "reasonable grounds for believing that the presence or behaviour of a group of two or more persons…has resulted, or is likely to result, in any members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed".

For further details of the £650 a day `deprived areas' consultant click here

For further details of wage discrepancies at BBC Salford click here

For any young person who feels that the Ambassador job is too good an opportunity to miss, the deadline for applications is 31st May and you can download the details by clicking here

 

 

 

Salford Star wrote
at 20:33:06 on 06 June 2011
See Anthony Graham's comment below... Sorry but we don't think this is a "very poor piece if journalism"(sic). The job of a community magazine is, partly, to give the community a voice - and, as stated in the article, this story was brought to us by a local Salford mum who quite rightly believed that her daughter is worth more than minimum wage. As she pointed out to us, these young people, who might not have formal qualifications, are still bringing all sorts of benefits to the BBC - local knowledge for a start, and, more importantly, credibility for the BBC - which will milk the PR opportunities every way it can. We agree with the mum that this is all worth way more than £3.64 an hour. Have a look at a forthcoming Salford Star story which will show how much each MediaCityUK job is costing the public, then we'd love to see if you still agree with the gist of your comments...
 
Hmmm...... wrote
at 15:29:50 on 06 June 2011
Nacht - I'm not questioning your motives in the article, but weren't you once in the employ of those taking residence at Media City UK? Surely this would be a marvelous opportunity for you to pop into your old workmates at BBC North / Granada and enquire just what the heck the opportunities are there for locals outside of the new academy!
 
Anthony Graham wrote
at 15:26:03 on 06 June 2011
Im sorry, but The Salford Star has got this wrong. I hope everyone who has commented on this article has read the job specification and the reasons behind it. The BBC have created these jobs for young people under the age of 18 and performing acedemically at no higher than a Level 1 (which is below A - C GCSE Level). They have also made it clear that the young people need no experience of the workplace in order to get the job. Indeed, this is a fantastic opportunity! If anyone can tell me of any other companies that have done this i would love to know? I work with young people in Salford and approach Salford businesses owned by Salford people everyday and asked for work placements for just 1 day a week and find ourselves constantly rejected. I make no judgement on what that man is paid, it may well be too much. But like the BBC, supermarkets, cafe's, shops, etc all pay minimum wage but make it much harder for young people to gain employment! So we should welcome the BBC. This is a very poor piece if journalism.
 
Nachtsclepper wrote
at 08:31:13 on 28 May 2011
Ohhh praise be to the BBC. We should all be on our knees, we are not worthy of this great bounty being visited on our young. If the b'stards can pay consultants fortunes for no, or very little work then why can they not pay young people a decent wage? Just another example of crumbs being thrown to keep the plebs quiet.
 
Ian Franzen wrote
at 15:50:30 on 27 May 2011
The point to note is the contradiction between what the consultant is paid and what they are prepared to offer to a young person doing "real" work. Do away with the consultant and recruit more people on a lower wage or the same number on a higher wage. I am sure that the BBC have a recruitment or human resources department and do not need a consultant paid large amounts of money just to prove they are doing something to employ a token number local people in order to get the PR they need to pacify any local arguments against their usual recruitment practices. Ian Franzen community Action Party
 
D wrote
at 16:41:31 on 26 May 2011
See, its because of pay like this that students are known for eating bake beans on their own. Students and young people can't survive on that wage, take it from me. The BBC should be supporting young people, not exploiting them!
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 08:06:21 on 26 May 2011
Well they have arrived the fantastic,well paid jobs that will last just 6 months are here. Now don't all rush at once. Is this what we have paid £46.800. Salford young people should be so gretful to the BBC for thinking of them. What a load of crap. Are these the only jobs that are coming out of this fantastic scheme. I have sat in meetings and the BBC sounded like the second coming all our lives will change or so Merry and his gang of merry men would have you beleave.What do we get 12 jobs paying buttons and for 6 months.Don't know who Don Draper thinks he is and what the hell does he mean by "you Salford people"Love to know where he has got himself today.Could it be half way up his backside
 
whittaks wrote
at 15:57:22 on 25 May 2011
I worked in the Victoria building on the quays in 1995 as a lone Salfordian apart from the cleaners in the evening and the caterers. One of the Managing Directors looked out through the blinds and out of the window from the sixth floor. It was a hot summer day and some people had set their deck chairs up around the fountains at the front of the building where their children were paddling in the chemically treated water. The MD turned to her PA and said " Look at the common people". The BBC will never accept Salfordians in any professional capacity.
 
don draper wrote
at 15:57:10 on 25 May 2011
You Salford people should think yourselves fortunate you are able to have these jobs I did'nt get where I am today by turning down work I pulled my self up from the bootstraps. Furthermore judging by the manners displayed by most Salfordians I doubt if there are many that will be able to pass muster as BBC ambassadors anyway.
 
Mick wrote
at 15:57:02 on 25 May 2011
Disgraceful! Well done for exposing this Salford Star - even thought it won't win you any fans (or earn you any funding from) Salford Council this is the kind of journalism we need to show what this rotten bunch are really up to
 
Gareth Lyons wrote
at 15:56:45 on 25 May 2011
It does seem to be almost "slave" labour, and there does seem to be an attitude that we should be happy with what ever crumbs are being thrown our way. I have applied to the BBC for media jobs "available" at media city and have passed the tests etc, and for the last 8-12 months keep getting an email telling me jobs are coming and I will be informed what something fits my talents. I feel it is all pie in the sky. I would like to see Joe O'Neil write an article on the Star, to show the people of Salford just what goes on behind the close doors of the town hall. Is there any chance Ste?
 
Mikey wrote
at 15:55:17 on 25 May 2011
Bit of a negative slant on a nothing story - of course it's going to be minimum wage for this most entry level of job - but what an opportunity for some of those kids to get in at the ground level - the only way for these kids is up.
 
Graham Cooper wrote
at 15:54:03 on 25 May 2011
I have all the time in the World for the Salford Star, and its challenges to S.C.C. This piece about the "Oppertunities" being made available is missing the point. I have just refered three young people for these positions, and the fact that it was minimum wage did not register. Young people want "Jobs" and oppertunities,this is one of them! This is not perfect, but to the youmg people i work with it is a chance for them to be able to get experience,learn new skills,and Get paid. All the y/p i have refered are all from Salford. Salford Foundation are the facilitators for this programme and thanks for them actually making these positions available in what is a difficult period for many of our young people. The issues around paying "Consultants" is as always a contentious point, but in reality it doesnt need to Tarnish such a good oppertunity for our local young people.
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 08:16:50 on 25 May 2011
Steve you always put it better than i ever could,but the reality is this is the type of jobs we will be expected to fill under Mr Merrys dream,cleaning and security,when the courts in Swinton raised it's head i went to a meeting two Labour Councillors made the comment that jobs would be created, when asked what jobs they said and i quote,Cleaning and ushers i will if asked name the two Councillors both are still sitting on the council.It worries me that the people of this city have dreams for their future with all the money that is being spent and this is the sub total of what our civic leaders think we should aspire to.Mr Merry accuses me of being bitter i think Anger is a word i would choose, why becuase most of my working life as been spent outside Salford with the inability to gain any real work of any substance within it's boundries. We create little what we have become is a bus stop on the way to Manchester. Joe Oneill Salford Green party
 
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