Grading Scheme - 1926

The following report of the General Manager was presented to, and accepted by, the Bank's General Purposes Sub-Committee on January 11th 1926:


With the object of bringing the scheme more into line with the developments and prospective developments of the Bank, and to bring about the grading of Branches which could not be affected at the time the scheme was adopted, the Chairman and General Manager, after giving careful consideration to the matter, submit proposals to give affect thereto.


The basis taken for grading the Branches is that of number of annual transactions, and the following gives the qualifying figures and their effect at the present time:-
 Number of Annual Transactions
Branches to be
 Exceeding 80,000  Small Heath
 Over 65,000 but not exceeding 80,000
    "     50,000  "     "             "        65,000
 Balsall Heath,
 Rotton Park,
 Duddeston and
 Aston Cross
   "     35,000  "     "             "        50,000
 Erdington and
    "     20,000  "     "             "        35,000
 Kings Heath,
 Selly Oak,
 Harborne and
 Under 20,000
 Acock's Green,
 Hay Mills and
 Spring Hill

Branch Managers and Clerks-in-Charge will remain at the Branch to which they are graded under the above scheme until promoted to a higher graded Branch. The adoption of this principle will avoid the consistent changing of officers which takes place under the present scheme.


Branch Managers and Clerks-in-Charge will be required to take duty at Head Office for a month at a time as and when the General Manager considers it desirable, and their places will be taken by the Superintendents. This will give the latter a better opportunity of finding out how the work of the Branch is being conducted, and enable more valuable checks to be obtained than is possible under present conditions.


Payment of tram fares to Branch Officers will cease in all cases except Junior Clerks, who for training purposes may have long distances to travel from home to Branch. In these cases the expense over and above a 3d. car fare will be paid by the Bank.


The following additional alterations to the present scheme are proposed:-

 Grade A
 To be intituled "Chief Clerks and Chief Superintendent of Branches".
 Establishment strength to be 4.
 Grade B
 To be intituled "Superintendents of Branches; Chief Cashier and
 Branch Managers with long and approved service".
 Minimum basic salary £400; maximum £500.
 Grade C
 To be intituled "Branch Managers and Clerks-in-Charge",
 and divided into six divisions. Basic salaries to be:
 minimum £200 rising by £25 per division to £325;
 maximum £275 rising by £25 per division to £400.
 These basic rates are already in force.
 Establishment strength to be 30.
 Grade D  for Clerks-in-Charge and Relief Branch Managers, to be deleted.
 Grade E
 for Cashiers, to become Grade D.
 Establishment strength to be 20.
 Grade F
 for General Clerks, to become Grade E.
 Minimum basic salary to be £85 - Maximum £200.
 These are in force to-day, but the £85 rate is at present for
 clerks over 21 years of age on probation. This separate grading will
 now be abandoned.
 Establishment strength, in conjunction with Junior Clerks, to be 60.
 Grade G  for Clerks on probation, to be abolished.
 Grade H
 for Junior Clerks, to become Grade F.
 Establishment strength, in conjunction with General Clerks, to be 60.
(NOTE: Sparkhill branch later renamed Springfield.)
As regards Female Clerks, the following changes are proposed:-
 Chief Cashier. This will only remain so long as the
 present holder is in the service, when it will go out.
 Grade A
 1st Class General Clerks.
 Minimum basic salary £120; maximum £150.
 Grade B
 2nd Class General Clerks. 
 Minimum basic salary £100; maximum £130.
 Establishment strength to be 12.
 Grade C
 3rd Class General Clerks.
 Minimum basic salary £80; maximum £110.
 Establishment strength, in conjunction with
     Clerks on probation, to be 22.
 Grade D
 Clerks on probation for one year.
 Basic salary £70.
 Establishment strength, in conjunction with
     3rd Class General Clerks, to be 22.
It is recommended that the approval of the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee be obtained to such changes, and to the revised figures of establishment strength.
J P Hilton
January 8th 1926