BBC increasingly using unpaid labour

A document published by the BBC shows the extent of unpaid work that goes on in the organisation. More than 6,283 people undertook ‘work experience’ placements between 2007 and 2010.

This has increased from just over 1,000 placements in 2007, to approaching 2,000 in 2010.

(It should be pointed out that there are, of course, legal arguments about what counts as work and what counts simply as shadowing and learning.)

It’s also interesting to view this in line with another document showing that the number of graduates the BBC has employed during the same period has fallen by more than a half – from 430 to 200. To what extent is unpaid work experience replacing recruitment?

View the documents here:

View the BBC’s full FOI disclosure log here:


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