The BBC is recruiting at least four ‘heads of change’ who will take home salaries of up to £78,000 each plus benefits.
- cc is recruiting at least four ‘heads of change’ each on £78,000 salaries
- The position will be responsible for bringing reform to a different department
- A job description for one role read: ‘this is a real opportunity for us to change the way we think and the way we work’
The positions have been advertised as recently as last month, despite the job title being widely ridiculed when it became public at the end of last year.
In December, the Corporation advertised for a ‘head of change’ on a salary of £78,000. In the job description, the word change was used 77 times.
Now, the Corporation will soon have at least four heads of change, according to The Times newspaper, hiring more people for the positions. Each worker will be responsible for bringing reform to a different department.
Last month, the Corporation put out an advert for a ‘Head of Change, Culture & Progression Project’.
The job description read: ‘This is a real opportunity for us to change the way we think and the way we work.’
It added: ‘This person will ensure that there is a defined and agreed vision, with a clear picture of the future state that ensures women at every level have the opportunity to contribute to developing a set of proposals and targets to support and enable the BBC to be one of the best organisations in the world for women to work.’
The latest round of recruitment comes after the job title was widely ridiculed – even by those within the BBC.
Radio 4 PM host Eddie Mair asked an expert in change management to explain the role.
‘If you become head of change, how do you know when to stop changing?’ he joked.
At the time, critics also compared the position to the ‘head of values’ and ‘director of better’ in BBC satirical comedy W1A.
The broadcaster has reduced the number of its job titles from 5,000 to around 600. It came after consultants said its job titles should reflect the roles its workers carry out.
Staff titles at the BBC have previously included a ‘thematic research manager’, a ‘service management and release manager’ and an ‘identity architect’.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘While the job title “head of change” might amuse some, it’s actually commonly used in businesses up and down the country as a simple internet search will reveal.’