THE BBC has admitted it is “inevitable” some staff who have been laid off may rejoin the corporation, after it was revealed almost 300 people have been re-hired in the past 12 years after being paid out more than £10 million.
It is understood that 286 full-time staff made redundant between the beginning of September 2002 and August 31 this year were given a total of £10,230,905 - but later re-hired on permanent or fixed-term contracts.
Eighty-one staff have been re-employed in the past four years since the licence fee was frozen, the paper reported following a Freedom of Information request to the corporation.
The BBC has said after “huge restructuring” over the past 12 years the organisation now employs about 3,000 fewerstaff.
A spokesman for the broadcasting corporation said: “The pay bill is £115m less in real terms, while we provide many more services, and are on course to make £800m of savings annually by 2017.
“Our rules are stricter than civil service and during 12 year period it is inevitable a small number of staff will leave and re-join.”