Non-job of the week

September 21, 2011 2:35 PM

What is a Regional Reputation Manager? I'm not sure, however I know Calderdale Council employs one, thanks to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent by one of our supporters.

The FOI also revealed the Marketing and Communications Team includes four graphic designers, a Campaigns Officer, a Marketing Officer, a Principal Communications Officer, and a PR and Public Information Officer. Some of these jobs must be part-time as the salary bill for 2010/11 was £199,900, and for the current financial year, the bill is set to rise to £216,800.

Non-Job of the WeekThe FOI also revealed there are 11 personal assistants employed by the authority, and a further two secretaries who carry out the functions of a PA. When you add on costs for council newspapers and other publications, you can see that there is plenty of fat to trim.

The accolade this week though goes to Surrey County Council, which is looking for a Senior Campaign Communications Officer paying £36,615 per annum. Here is part of the job description:

Want to work as part of an award winning team communicating with an audience of over one million people? Join our team of communications professionals who are constantly delivering new and creative ways of talking to our residents and staff.


We have some experience of the new and creative way Surrey County Council communicates. Take a look at this video. There's no need to adjust the volume settings on your computer. There's no sound.

If you are left scratching your head after watching that, here's an explanation from the council:

The proposal to develop an Eco Park at Charlton Lane, Shepperton is a key element of Surrey County Council's World Class Solution for the county, which aims to manage Surrey's waste in the most efficient, sustainable and cost effective way possible. 

So that's what it's all about. The council wants to develop an Eco Park, and decided to produce a video. Through a FOI we discovered the cost of producing it was £15,080. If that's what campaign professionals come up with, taxpayers can certainly do without them.

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Surrey CC FoI Response

What is a Regional Reputation Manager? I'm not sure, however I know Calderdale Council employs one, thanks to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent by one of our supporters.

The FOI also revealed the Marketing and Communications Team includes four graphic designers, a Campaigns Officer, a Marketing Officer, a Principal Communications Officer, and a PR and Public Information Officer. Some of these jobs must be part-time as the salary bill for 2010/11 was £199,900, and for the current financial year, the bill is set to rise to £216,800.

Non-Job of the WeekThe FOI also revealed there are 11 personal assistants employed by the authority, and a further two secretaries who carry out the functions of a PA. When you add on costs for council newspapers and other publications, you can see that there is plenty of fat to trim.

The accolade this week though goes to Surrey County Council, which is looking for a Senior Campaign Communications Officer paying £36,615 per annum. Here is part of the job description:

Want to work as part of an award winning team communicating with an audience of over one million people? Join our team of communications professionals who are constantly delivering new and creative ways of talking to our residents and staff.


We have some experience of the new and creative way Surrey County Council communicates. Take a look at this video. There's no need to adjust the volume settings on your computer. There's no sound.

If you are left scratching your head after watching that, here's an explanation from the council:

The proposal to develop an Eco Park at Charlton Lane, Shepperton is a key element of Surrey County Council's World Class Solution for the county, which aims to manage Surrey's waste in the most efficient, sustainable and cost effective way possible. 

So that's what it's all about. The council wants to develop an Eco Park, and decided to produce a video. Through a FOI we discovered the cost of producing it was £15,080. If that's what campaign professionals come up with, taxpayers can certainly do without them.

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Surrey CC FoI Response

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