​BBC staff paid £228 million to work unsociable hours


BBC employees were paid over £228 million to work unsociable and unpredictable hours in 2014.

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that thousands of BBC employees take home an average of almost £4,000 on top of their basic salaries as a reward for working irregular hours.

Some 7,941 BBC employees claimed £31.2 million of ’unpredictability allowances’ in an average year, which means that they each took home around £3,929. 

Staff are able to claim flexibility or unpredictability allowance from the BBC if they are asked to work unsocial hours, including weekends and early mornings, often at very short notice.

A BBC spokesman said: “It is impossible to broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week without employing people to work through the nights.

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“Like most organisations, we reflect this in our pay structure, however, we are always looking to make savings and unpredictability allowance has come down by £4million since 2010.

“Almost 1,000 fewer staff claimed this allowance in 2014 than in 2009.”