The BBC has announced that it will remove all details relating to an applicant’s academic achievements as well as the names of schools and universities attended. They are even considering setting socioeconomic targets in an attempt to create a more diverse workforce.
A recent internal survey found that 25% of its management team went to private school. By comparison, the UK average is just 7%. More over, just 7% of its workforce is represented by ethnic minorities despite this group representing 13% of the UK population.
On the removal of degrees from CVs, James Purnell the BBC’s director of radio and education, told The Times: “It’s something lots of organisations are doing. You can get that evidence in other ways. We don’t have targets for socioeconomic [background], but we are thinking about it.”
The broadcaster has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent months over its diversity policy. In July, the BBC published the salaries of its best-paid on-air talent, with the likes of Chris Evans, Gary Linekar and Graham Norton each pocketing over £2m a year.
The public backlash against the revelations soon prompted director-general Tony Hall to unveil plans to tackle the pay gap and diversity within the organisation. Hall has pledged to close the gender pay gap by 2020.