Bullying and harassment cases formally investigated by the Bank of England

We publish details of a selection of requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and the information we disclose in response.

Date: 10 October 2018


The Bank of England (the ‘Bank’) was asked ‘the number of bullying and harassment cases (staff on staff) between 'January 2014 - May 2018'. 

The Bank replied that during this period there has been 21 bullying and harassment cases at the Bank that were formally investigated through the Bank’s grievance procedures. We were also asked for further breakdowns of these cases but we were unable to provide anything due to the low numbers of staff involved in each category requested.

The Bank was also asked for 'the total number of bullying and harassment cases' (staff on staff) over the following dates:

  • July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2013
  • July 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
  • June 2018

Given there are no central records held before June 2009, we responded that between 1 June 2009 to 31 December 2013 and June 2018 that due to the low numbers involved (less than 10), the information was exempt from disclosure under section 40 (personal information) of the FoI Act.

There was a significant increase in the number of Bank employees in 2013 due to the Prudential Regulation Authority becoming a subsidiary of the Bank on 1 April 2013.  Further information on staff headcount can be found in the Bank’s Annual Reports but as an example 4,378 staff were employed by the Bank at the end of February 2018, compared to 2,307 at the end February 2013.