The BBC has been left red faced after it emerged that the corporation has no less than 4,420 job titles – of which no less than 1,894 contain the word ‘manager’.
The revelation has heaped further pressure on the broadcaster already struggling with cutbacks as it attempts to justify its license fee income.
Amongst the popular terms identified by the Daily Mail, who issued a Freedom of information request, is the term "adviser" which is used in 191 separate job roles and “strategy” which features in a further 44.
Defending the figures a BBC spokesperson said that the term manager is “generally used to reflect a particular level of experience and seniority within the BBC rather than someone who actually manages a team of people”.
Amongst a raft of jobs recently advertised is the post of "Decision Support Manager" - a role which carries an annual salary the BBC claims begins ar 38k but one which the organisations own chief operating officer, Caroline Thomson, was unable to explain when quizzed on Newsnight.