The Request

Received on 28 august 2015

I would like to know the following.
 
1. How many people are employed by the British Council worldwide.
2. How many of these people are considered to have zero-hour contracts in British Council offices in the US, Canada, Australia, India, China, Japan, UK and Germany.
 
It would be helpful if you could provide the information by each country but not essential.

Our Response

REsponded on 28 september 2015

Case Reference: FOI/2015/67

28 September 2015

Dear

Thank you for your request for information dated 28 August 2015 concerning zero hour contracts. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold the information you have requested.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your request below in bold and have provided our response beneath each point.

1. How many people are employed by the British Council worldwide?

Approximately 8500

2. How many people are considered to have zero-hour contracts in British Council offices in the US, Canada, Australia, India, China, Japan, UK and Germany.

US                    0
Canada           0
Australia         1
India                33
China              0
Japan              32 (hourly paid teachers)
UK                   0
Germany        151 (65 test examiners, 82 invigilators and 4 clerical markers)

I hope this information has been useful.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Information Security and Governance
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6BB
Email: foi@britishcouncil.org

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at:

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Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely