The Chairman and General Manager have carefully considered the establishment sanctioned by the Salaries, Wages, & Labour Committee on the 20th April 1923. The following Table shows the sanctioned strength and the position as it will be on the 1st April 1924:-
Actual position Grade
at 1/4/24 Male Staff
Relief Branch Managers
50 Female Staff
as Chief Cashier
9 Junior Clerks
The growth of the Bank and the extension of Daily Branches necessitates adjustment of the above numbers, and in view of contemplated developments at Hay Mills, Spring Hill, Ward End, and Acock's Green, it is recommended that in the case of Branch Managers (Grade C) the sanction should be increased from 20 to 25.
The increased transactions at Sparkbrook, Small Heath, and Aston necessitate having a Cashier at each of these Branches. Grade E was only intended originally to apply to Cashiers at Head Office, but in view of the developments at the Branches named and others, the sanction should be increased from 3 to 9.
Having regard to the fact that Grades F, G, and H are governed by age and the passing of medical and other examinations, the sanction should be increased from 28 to 36, taking the three Grades together. To keep them divided, as now, means referring to the Salaries, Wages, & Labour Committee every year.
Grade A in the female class should be extended from 4 to 6. so as to provide for clerks of special merit being so graded. At present there is one clerk who has earned such recognition, but is debarred by the limited sanction.
Grade B in the female class should be extended from 9 to 10.
A new probationary Grade (Grade D) should be introduced to correspond with the one for males, the basic salary being £75. This Grade and Grade C should be taken together for sanction purposes, the number remaining as now, viz 12.
The Junior Female Clerks can be taken out of the Grading Scheme; the two present officers will reach their majority this year.
The new establishment, as proposed, will be:-
9 F, G, and H
10 C, and D combined
It is accordingly recommended that the sanction of the Salaries, Wages, & Labour Committee be adjusted to meet the altered circumstances, and if necessary that the Chairman and General Manager confer with the Salaries, Wages, & Labour Committee thereon.
The meeting then passed the following resolutions:
471. RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to approve the principle of recognising the examinations in connection with the Institute of Bankers as a professional examination to be taken by the members of the Bank Staff and to make a grant of £25 to any member of the staff obtaining the final certificate issued thereunder; and that they be further recommended to direct that the holding of such a certificate should be a necessary qualification in future appointments as branch managers.
472. That the General Committee be recommended to approve the adjustments approve the adjustments made in the salaries of Messrs Rees, Ladbrooke and Bennett as indicated in the foregoing report.
473. RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to promote Messrs H B Davis and J E Chapman to Grade "C" Division 2, such promotion to take effect as from the 1st April next, and to approve the adjustments in their salaries as indicated in the foregoing report.
474. RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to appoint the Misses Abel, Wilkins, Gregory and Plant to Grade C. 3. for female clerks, as from the 1st April 1924, and to increase their basic salaries as from that date to £85 per annum.
475. RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to authorise the Chairman and General Manager to make such additional appointments as they may deem necessary to satisfactorily carry out the work of the Bank on the lines indicated in the foregoing report; and to further authorise them to take the necessary steps to adjust the sanction to the bank establishment to meet the altered circumstances, conferring with the Salaries, Wages, & Labour Committee thereon, if necessary.
477. RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to increase the basic salary of Mr Harling and Miss Bullock as from the 1st April next by £10 per annum.
478. RESOLVED:- That the report of the General Manager be approved.
The Sub-Committee then proceeded to consider the question of increasing the salary of the General Manager.
479. RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to ask the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee to agree to the salary of the General Manager (Mr J P Hilton) being increased as from the 1st April next from £1,000 to £1,200 per annum.