July 20, 2014
The BBC’s new job application form shows just how insane our modern societies have become. Instead of being interested in what qualifications somebody has, the new form places more importance on what the applicant likes doing with their genitals.
It used to be your experience that mattered when applying for work.
But now applicants seeking freelance assignments with the BBC are being asked if they are gay and, bizarrely, whether they received free school meals
The new 31-page questionnaire everyone – from make-up artists to frontline presenters – wanting to be paid by the corporation must complete even asks if their parents were on benefits.
The BBC has been ridiculed over the intrusive and apparently pointless questions, loaded with impenetrable jargon and acronyms.
But managers insist the form-filling is designed to ensure the BBC is meeting its ‘diversity’ targets.
Staff have branded the complicated form a ‘ridiculous box-ticking exercise’. Some say it could put them off working for the corporation again.
The online questionnaire has been introduced by managers to replace the old paper-based payment system, under which freelancers simply submitted an invoice for their work.
Now they must complete a detailed multiple-choice survey about their personal habits and background before they can be paid. They must describe their sexual orientation, picking from Bisexual, Gay man, Gay woman/Lesbian, Heterosexual/Straight, Other, or prefer not to say.
The next question, on their religion, gives a choice of Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Other, None or prefer not to say.
Other parts of the questionnaire ask their highest academic qualifications, whether their parents went to university and whether they consider themselves to have a disability.
They are even asked whether, during their school years, their parents received income support and whether they received free school meals.