Channel 4 has confirmed that 90% of their London staff will not take up jobs in Leeds and would rather seek redundancy.
The broadcaster who employ around 800 staff are moving their Victoria, London offices to Leeds. Some 300 jobs are moving outside the M25 and Channel 4 expect around 90% of the jobs will not be taken up by their current staff.
The new offices officially launch in October 2019 and the broadcaster will be recruiting heavily, the move could create up to 3,000 jobs.
Chief executive Alex Mahon said, “We’ve always expected and always been very clear that previous moves by the BBC have shown us that 70% to 90% of people won’t be able to take up the jobs, or won’t choose to.
“We expect it to be closely in line with that.”
He said most people will not move due to family ties in London and dual income families making it difficult for many to leave.
The broadcaster expects to provide a huge economic boost through recruitment and money being moved out of the capital.
Mahon said, “The great thing about that, it makes for lots of jobs available in the new locations.
“And we’ve always been clear that we expected to do quite a lot of recruitment. It’s not the Channel 4 jobs it’s the spend that we put outside of London that makes a massive difference.”
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