Reports on compliance and regulatory matters
Training and development remains a priority for BBC World Service. During the
year £2.2 million was invested in this area. Staff at all levels have
access to a growing range of opportunities through coaching, courses, workshops,
online learning and secondments. In this financial year all BBC World Service
programme-makers, along with their peers throughout the BBC, were required
to do online training modules on various aspects of journalistic law. They
also took part in modules to increase their knowledge of Israel and Palestine.
Training in editorial and production skills is closely linked to the findings
of the annual reviews undertaken by each language service.
BBC World Service has been further developing its leadership talent through
management training, coaching and mentoring. 46 managers completed the BBC
Leadership Programme at Ashridge Business School during 2006/07, bringing the
total number of managers who have completed the programme to date to 262. The
first stage of a specially commissioned 18 month development programme was
launched in January 2006 and continued throughout the 2006/07 year to support
managers of the 32 language services. The second stage will begin work with
a further cohort of managers.
OCCUPATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT
The management of
occupational risk has continued to be a high priority for BBC World Service
in the past year and a number of improvements have been made.
A new computerised system for recording and managing risks across BBC World
Service has been introduced and now incorporates the BBC World Service health
and safety action plan. With an increasing number of staff working internationally,
ensuring their safety and security continues to be a key area of work. A rolling
programme to review risk management in international offices is in progress
and has generated a number of important actions to improve the management of
risk. A new database has also been developed to record key information about
the offices to strengthen management processes.
Advising, training and equipping staff deployed to hostile environments, including
war zones and areas affected by natural disasters, remains a vital area of
work and BBC World Service continues to be supported by the BBC's specialist
High Risk Team.
Work has also taken place in a variety of areas to ensure compliance with
new or changing legislation including construction management, noise management,
and environmental management with all activities contained within a detailed
BBC World Service has continued to target four action
areas following the 2005/06 BBC staff survey. These are: helping staff to achieve
their best performance; making sure the top team engaged more effectively with
staff; giving everyone the means and the opportunity to make a clear contribution
to the future of the BBC; improving the use of technology. There was no BBC
staff survey during 2006/07.
The inaugural BBC World Service Awards were held
in February 2007. Presented by Mark Thompson, the BBC Director-General, the
awards were designed to recognise excellence and celebrate achievement.
formal and informal discussions are held with the recognised trade unions:
BECTU (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union) and the
NUJ (National Union of Journalists).
Proportion of ethnic minorities
The composition of the workforce
of BBC World Service reflects the multilingual nature of its broadcasting and
therefore exceeds the BBC's targets. As these targets had already been
exceeded, the aim for the year was, at a minimum, to maintain the proportion
of ethnic minorities in the BBC World Service workforce and, at senior levels,
to increase representation over time.
||At 31 March
|At 31 March
target for December 2007
|Staff working in the United Kingdom
|Senior managers working in the United Kingdom
BBC World Service closely monitors gender representation
within the workforce. At the end of March 2007, women represented 41.1% of
the workforce and 31% of senior management. Improving the representation of
women at senior levels remains a key objective.
People with disabilities
World Service employs 2.0% of people who declare themselves to have a disability,
as against the BBC target of 4.0%.