BBC HR Headcount Figure

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Following your response to a previous FOI request and refusal to share expenses details for BBC People staff because there are 758 in the department it has been brought to the attention that this figure needs clarification following a Nationa; Audit Report.

The National Audit Office report on BBC staff numbers, in which the HR department said efficiency, at a ratio of 1 HR member of staff for every 72 operatives to be delivered in 2017/8.
The current BBC headcount used by the NAO was 18,920. That makes the current HR ratio close to 1:25. The 2017/8 target of 1:72 would require an HR department of just 262.

Does this mean the BBC HR department plans to lose 496 jobs this year or is one of the figures given incorrect?

Please provide clarity on:

The total head count in BBC HR
If the figure on the NAO is incorrect
If there are planned job post removals in BBC HR (which there must be as I doubt the NAO would be incorrect?)

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Lorraine Bower

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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