The BBC is paying one of its senior executives an astonishing £235,000 a year to work from home on ‘special projects’.
Janice Hadlow, the Corporation’s ‘Controller of Seasons and Special Projects’, receives the huge salary despite being based largely at her home in Bath rather than her office in London.
Ms Hadlow, 57, was previously the Controller of BBC2 but stepped down at the beginning of last year.
So far, so annoying. However:
One Corporation source said: ‘At the BBC, you are allowed to remain on the same salary if you move jobs. This is why Janice Hadlow is still paid nearly £20,000 a month. She’s been allowed to hang on to the salary she had as BBC2 Controller.
This is actually from the Peter Principle, one of the only three management books you should pay attention to. Everyone does have their own level of incompetence. And you’ll never find out what it is until you promote someone and find out whether they can do that job. This means that you have a problem. You promote someone, they’re incompetent, then what do you do?
The answer given in the PP book is that if someone’s no good at the job you’ve promoted them into then sideline them. But crucially, allow them to stay on the package that you promoted them to. It’s only in this manner that you can gleefully go around giving people the chance of promotion, the chance of finding out whether that next level up is still below the level of their incompetence.
It’s a complicated argument but one I find reasonably convincing.