Sometimes, you may encounter a scenario where a company is showing in Back Office as one size for one survey and a different size for another survey from the same year. An example of this is shown below:
Here, the company is classed as a Mid for the BCI entry and a Small for the Accreditation and/or List entry.
The reason for this is down to the eligibility rules for the different types of survey. BCI surveys can be used to measure all employees in the company, whereas Accreditation and List surveys can only be used to measure UK-based employees.
In the example here, the company has around 300 employees in total, spread over various office locations in different countries. 200 of them are based in the UK office, whilst the remaining 100 employees are based in offices overseas.
As BCI Surveys can be used to measure all employees, regardless of location, all 300 employees can be surveyed. This number is greater than the minimum number of employees required for a Mid-sized company (currently 250), so for this survey, they are classed as a Mid-sized company.
As Accreditation and List surveys can only be used to measure UK-based employees, this means that the company can only measure the 200 employees based in the UK as part of this survey. This number is less than the minimum number of employees required for a Mid-sized company, so they would be classed as a Small company for this survey.
This is a perfectly normal scenario to be in and will not cause any issues with the system.