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Branch Managers - 1937
 
At October 31st 1937, the branch network comprised 60 offices:
Head Office;
54 Daily Branches (including Bournville Works);
2 Evening Branches (Newtown Row and Weoley Castle); and
3 Part-Time Branches (Quinton, Shirley and Solihull).
 
Following a report by the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee, (agreed by the Bank's General Committee on July 19th 1937), regarding the grading of male staff and the classification of branches, the Branch Manager appointments detailed below were made. The list excludes Head Office (outside the grading scheme), Bournville Works (Branch Manager appointed by Cadbury Brothers), and the Evening Branches (managed by Clerks-in-Charge). Shirley and Solihull were worked on three days each by a single manager. The revised branch classification (by number of transactions) resulted in the 55 Branch Managers being split over four grades.
 
Branch
Management
 
 Branch
 Grade
Annual 
Transactions
 Manager
 Acocks Green 
 E
 72,669
 A M Hodgkins
 Alum Rock
 D
 39,371
 W L Hannah
 Aston
 F
 85,385
 D W S Woodcock
 Aston Cross
 E
 67,658
 F FitzPatrick
 Balsall Heath
 E
 58,125
 E H Viney
 Bearwood
F
86,820
 S E Bennett
 Billesley
C
24,021
 R T Piper
 Birchfield
E
71,057
 E Price
 Bordesley Green
D
37,994
 W J R Tooby
 Brandwood
C
19,138
 A Oldham
 Brookvale
C
22,259
 C E Harper
 Cotteridge
C
27,967
 W J Woollons
 Duddeston
D
39,154
 L H Hurdman
 Erdington
F
104,101
 H J  Sutherland
 Farcroft
D
34,913
 W James
 Hall Green
E
73,361
 S A Guy
 Handsworth
F
83,582
 J E Chapman
 Harborne
E
54,729
 S G Brotherton
 Hay Mills
C
32,756
 J Manners
 Heybarnes
C
16,174
 G F Lewis
 Hockley
D
50,217
 J A Duff
 Horse Fair
C
33,219
 C H Massey
 Kings Heath
E
68,938
 L E Smallwood
 Kingstanding
C
12,557
 J C W Brown
 Ladywood
D
43,204
 A H Read
 Little Bromwich
C
28,433
 L A Wright
 Longbridge
C
18,004
 E B Spencer
 Lozells
E
56,259
 H E Martin
 Moseley
C
25,677
 F W Hearne
 Nechells
C
25,048
 G T Edwards
 Northfield
D
39,525
 G H Humphries
 Oldbury
C
14,480
 C Danks
 Perry Common
D
36,422
 J Hastie
 Pype Hayes
C
32,310
 W K Robottom
 Quinton
C
10,198
 H G Payne
 Rotton Park
E
62,545
 J Baker
 Saltley
E
63,461
 F H Whitehouse
 Sandwell
C
25,712
 L C Abbiss
 Selly Oak
D
51,512
 R H Earp
 Selly Park
C
22,828
 W Buxton
 Sherlock Street
C
34,564
 G A Harling
 Shirley & Solihull
C
19,601
 E R Jennings
 Short Heath
C
34,019
 J A Smith
 Small Heath
F
97,572
 A F Lambeth
 Sparkbrook
E
56,144
 J W Raftery
 Sparkhill
E
60,017
 A N Ling
 Springfield
E
62,455
 A T Guest
 Spring Hill
C
33,828
 H J T Bayliss
 Stechford
C
29,350
 C Selwyn
 Stirchley
C
32,982
 J Holmes
 Sutton Coldfield
C
11,544
 S FJones
 Ward End
E
52,202
 H B Davis
 Wheeler Street
C
29,173
 E A Howlett
 Witton
E
60,904
 R H Tafft
 Yardley
D
41,555
 E J Cope

Revised Grading of Male Staff and Classification of Branches.

 

Your Sub-Committee have given careful consideration to a joint Report submitted by their Chairman and the General Manager with regard to adopting the principle of classification of Branches and making certain amendments in the existing Grading Scheme for male officers.

 

Dealing in the first place with the classification of Branches, your Sub-Committee consider that the time has now arrived when Branches should be classified according to the number of yearly transactions, which mainly determine the number of staff required at the respective Branches and consequential responsibilities. By thus classifying the Branches it will be responsible to synchronise the grading of the Branch Managers to a considerable extent in accordance with the importance of the Branch, so that the Branches having the greater number of transactions would primarily be under the control of the Managers in the highest grades.

 

On the question of the grading of male officers, in January 1933 the Committee adopted a scheme which is identical with the scales now proposed. Such scheme was amended in October 1935 so as to ease the situation in dealing with promoted officers whose salary required a substantial increase to arrive at the minimum rate for the new post. This has not proved sufficient and the re-introduction of the 1933 scheme with different designations will meet the requirements of the Bank, and be in keeping with the scales laid down for the General Corporation grading scheme, after allowing for the slight advantage always allowed to the Bank staff as compensation for duties on two evenings of the week.

 

The present grading scheme, the General Corporation Grading Scheme and the proposed new Bank grading scheme are give below:

 

Grade

Present Grading

 

per annum

Corporation

Grading Scheme

per annum

Suggested new

Grading Scheme

per annum

A

55 to 260

45 to 235

55 to 260

B

270 to 385

245 to 300

270 to 325

C

400 to 510

315 to 360

340 to 385

D

-

375 to 425

400 to 450

E

-

440 to 485

465 to 510

F

-

500 to 550

525 to 575

 

In carrying such suggested new Grading Scheme into affect the following principles would be made applicable:

 

Branch Managers will be placed in Grades C, D, E, and F according to qualification and experience.

 

Chief Assistants in the House Purchase Department and Accounts Department will be placed in Grade E.

 

Second Assistants in the House Purchase Department and Accounts Department will be placed in Grade C.

 

Other Officers in the House Purchase Department, Accounts Department, Secretarial Department and Safe Deposit Department will be placed in Grade A and after approved service into Grade B.

 

Your Sub-Committee consider that the Scheme as above outlined should be adopted and they now make the following recommendations in order to give effect thereto:

 

(1) The Grading scheme for male Officers to be amended as above indicated, subject to the approval of the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee.

 

(2) The practice of changing Branch Managers every three years, hitherto observed, to be abandoned.

 

(3) The principle of classifying Branches on the basis of the total yearly transactions be adopted as follows:

 

Classification

Transactions

(a)

up to 35,000 transactions

(b)

between 35,000 and 52,000 transactions

(c)

between 52,000 and 78,000 transactions

(d)

over 78,000 transactions

 

(4) The Committee to reserve to themselves the right to appoint any officer they consider most suitable as a Branch Manager, but regard should be given to the following considerations:

 

(a) A professional qualification.

(b) Being married or single.

(c) Being over thirty years of age.

 

(5) Clerks in the House Purchase Department, Accounts Department, Secretarial Department and Safe Deposit Department to be included in the Grading Scheme as indicated in the proposals above mentioned.

 

(6) The present appointments of Inspectors to be determined and in lieu of the two existing Inspectors there be appointed two Audit Clerks, (selected from the members of the present staff of general clerks) such Audit Clerks to work under the supervision of the Controller of Branches.

 

(7) No change to be made in the terms of appointment and designation of Controllers but when a vacancy arises the position to be reviewed.

 

With regard to certain individual members of the staff affected by the above mentioned proposals it is recommended as follows:

 

(i) The present Inspectors and Special Branch Managers, namely Messrs Lambeth, Woodcock, Bennet and Chapman, to be appointed Branch Managers in Grade F at their present salaries.

 

(ii) The appointment of Mr Ladbrooke (Branch Manager) to be determined and that he be offered an appointment as a clerk in the Accounts Department at a salary of 385 per annum. This course is recommended in view of the impaired health of Mr Ladbrooke and after giving full consideration to the special circumstances in his case.

 

(iii) The appointment of Mr W C Baker, (Officer in Charge) to be determined and that he be offered an appointment as cashier at a salary 325 per annum. Reports have been considered with regard to the work of Mr Baker from which it appears that he is not considered efficient to perform the duties of a Branch Manager.

 

(iv) Messrs J C W Brown, L A Wright and G A Harling, to be re-instated as Branch Managers (Grade C of the amended Grading Scheme) and to receive their present salaries, namely 385 per annum, such figure being the maximum proposed for the Grade in question. These Officers ceased to be in charge of Branches in October, 1935, because they had failed to qualify as Associates of the Institute of Bankers, within the time fixed by the Committee, but not owing to their work being unsatisfactory. Reports indicate that they are competent officers and that being so your Sub-Committee feel justified in recommending their re-instatement.

 

(v) Although Mr R T Piper has failed to comply with the condition of his appointment regarding examinations within the time fixed by the Committee, your Sub-Committee in view of the favourable reports received as to the performance of his duties, do not advise his transfer to the grade of a Cashier, but recommend that he be retained as a Branch Manager. He is now receiving 400 per annum, which is 15 beyond the salaries paid to officers mentioned in paragraph (iv). Your Sub-Committee consider he should be treated in a similar manner and they therefore recommend that his salary be fixed at 385, the maximum for Grade C.

 

(vi) In view of the good services and proved abilities of Mr W L Hannah (Branch Manager) and also having regard to his age, the requirements of the terms of his appointment as to passing examinations, should not be enforced, and your Sub-Committee recommend that he retains his post at his present salary viz - 440 per annum.

 

In conclusion your Sub-Committee recommend that the Chairman of your Committee, the Chairman of this Sub-Committee and the General Manager be authorised to fill the vacancies now existing among Branch Managers, reporting in due course their decisions, and that they also be empowered to grade the whole of the Branch Managers in accordance with the Amended Scheme when approved.

 

July 19th 1937

Chief Assistants - Grade E
 
 House Purchase Department
 E R Allen
 Accounts Department
 H Huggins
Second Assistants - Grade C
 
 House Purchase Department
 E Williams
 Accounts Department
 T J Ladbrooke
Audit Clerks - Grade B
 
 J L E Edwards
 B P Hayward
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The Sub-Committee's Report is reproduced below.
Report by the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee
 
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