Non-job of the week

September 14, 2011 4:07 PM

The recruitment company, Parkhouse Bell, is searching for part-time Interim Business Development Managers for 'a number of primes and subcontractors delivering variety of government services'. It seems the consultants bill is set to rise considerably, as those recruited will be rewarded with anything between £200-£600 per day! So much for bringing the consultants bill down.

Not wishing to be outdone, the City of London Corporation is also looking for a new Business Performance and Improvement Officer, earning £34,550 - £39,270. The successful applicant will be part of the Business Performance and Improvement Division based in the City Surveyor's Department.Non-Job of the Week It seems there are improvement officers in just about every council department these days, as Hackney Borough Council is on the lookout for a Knowledge and Service Improvement Manager based in its new Business and Service Improvement Unit. I can give Hackney Council a tip: stop publishing your newspaper, Hackney Today,  every fortnight, and you'll save a fortune, and in doing so you'll help local newspapers who are struggling in the current economic climate.

If none of the above are your 'cup of tea' then you can always take up Lewisham's offer and become a Political Assistant. Here's part of the job description:

A full time political assistant is needed to provide the Council’s 12 strong Liberal Democrat Group of Councillors with invaluable administrative, policy and political support. It is a wide ranging role, with duties ranging from planning agendas and recording the salient points of meetings to assisting the Group in dealing with press and media enquiries. To be effective, you will need to be acutely aware of new legislation and political developments (on a national as well as local basis) and have an empathy with Liberal Democrat policies. 

I'm not singling out the Liberal Democrats (as all parties do this), but why does the 12 strong Liberal Democrat Group of Councillors need policy and political support? They are elected councillors, who presumably have their collective ears to the ground (there's a picture) and understand what's happening in their wards. Do they really need their hands holding during a radio interview? Are they so fearful of the press that they need someone to whisper in their ears what and what not to say? Are they incapable of answering calls on their mobile phones if a journalist wants a quote? When they have group meetings, can't one of them record the minutes?

I am not saying councillors don't need some secretarial help from time to time. They do, and this can easily be provided by existing council officers. They don't need to employ someone to do their work for them, which is what Political Assistants do.The recruitment company, Parkhouse Bell, is searching for part-time Interim Business Development Managers for 'a number of primes and subcontractors delivering variety of government services'. It seems the consultants bill is set to rise considerably, as those recruited will be rewarded with anything between £200-£600 per day! So much for bringing the consultants bill down.

Not wishing to be outdone, the City of London Corporation is also looking for a new Business Performance and Improvement Officer, earning £34,550 - £39,270. The successful applicant will be part of the Business Performance and Improvement Division based in the City Surveyor's Department.Non-Job of the Week It seems there are improvement officers in just about every council department these days, as Hackney Borough Council is on the lookout for a Knowledge and Service Improvement Manager based in its new Business and Service Improvement Unit. I can give Hackney Council a tip: stop publishing your newspaper, Hackney Today,  every fortnight, and you'll save a fortune, and in doing so you'll help local newspapers who are struggling in the current economic climate.

If none of the above are your 'cup of tea' then you can always take up Lewisham's offer and become a Political Assistant. Here's part of the job description:

A full time political assistant is needed to provide the Council’s 12 strong Liberal Democrat Group of Councillors with invaluable administrative, policy and political support. It is a wide ranging role, with duties ranging from planning agendas and recording the salient points of meetings to assisting the Group in dealing with press and media enquiries. To be effective, you will need to be acutely aware of new legislation and political developments (on a national as well as local basis) and have an empathy with Liberal Democrat policies. 

I'm not singling out the Liberal Democrats (as all parties do this), but why does the 12 strong Liberal Democrat Group of Councillors need policy and political support? They are elected councillors, who presumably have their collective ears to the ground (there's a picture) and understand what's happening in their wards. Do they really need their hands holding during a radio interview? Are they so fearful of the press that they need someone to whisper in their ears what and what not to say? Are they incapable of answering calls on their mobile phones if a journalist wants a quote? When they have group meetings, can't one of them record the minutes?

I am not saying councillors don't need some secretarial help from time to time. They do, and this can easily be provided by existing council officers. They don't need to employ someone to do their work for them, which is what Political Assistants do.

Latest Blogs: