Non-job of the week

March 16, 2011 10:45 AM

On 19 January, the non-job of the week was a Performance Improvement Manager at Oxford City Council. It seems as if the search was unsuccessful, as the council has re-advertised the job again. Why doesn’t it just forget about it and save taxpayers some money? I doubt it will, but it doesn’t harm asking the council to think again, and merge the functions of this job within existing roles inside the council.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Vince and his Freelance Dance Tutor"]Vince Cable Dancing[/caption]

Vince Cable showed he had ‘twinkle toes’ when he appeared on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. I’ve always enjoyed watching dance, and unfortunately - despite the efforts of many to teach me - I cannot dance to save my life. The reason I mention this is because Medway Council are looking for a Freelance Dance Tutor, paying £25 per hour, as part of the 'Dance for Life' initiative. I don’t think the rate is unreasonable, but what I do ask is what providing dance lessons has got to do with the council? If someone wishes to take adult ballet classes - fine,  just don’t expect taxpayers to pick up the bill, especially at a time of budget cuts. When some councils are scaling back services like respite care for the parents of disabled children, spending money on dance classes is a luxury we cannot afford.

The winner this week though is North West Leicestershire District Council, who are looking for two temporary Equality and Diversity Officers to cover for maternity leave. We highlighted in our report last year that many councils can do without this non-job, and can easily incorporate equality and diversity into other employees’ roles. It is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race, gender and  sexual orientation, and one would expect councils to be leading by example on these issues. There isn't a need for mini-departments of equality and diversity officers. This is an area where councils can easily save money which will help to protect front line services.On 19 January, the non-job of the week was a Performance Improvement Manager at Oxford City Council. It seems as if the search was unsuccessful, as the council has re-advertised the job again. Why doesn’t it just forget about it and save taxpayers some money? I doubt it will, but it doesn’t harm asking the council to think again, and merge the functions of this job within existing roles inside the council.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Vince and his Freelance Dance Tutor"]Vince Cable Dancing[/caption]

Vince Cable showed he had ‘twinkle toes’ when he appeared on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. I’ve always enjoyed watching dance, and unfortunately - despite the efforts of many to teach me - I cannot dance to save my life. The reason I mention this is because Medway Council are looking for a Freelance Dance Tutor, paying £25 per hour, as part of the 'Dance for Life' initiative. I don’t think the rate is unreasonable, but what I do ask is what providing dance lessons has got to do with the council? If someone wishes to take adult ballet classes - fine,  just don’t expect taxpayers to pick up the bill, especially at a time of budget cuts. When some councils are scaling back services like respite care for the parents of disabled children, spending money on dance classes is a luxury we cannot afford.

The winner this week though is North West Leicestershire District Council, who are looking for two temporary Equality and Diversity Officers to cover for maternity leave. We highlighted in our report last year that many councils can do without this non-job, and can easily incorporate equality and diversity into other employees’ roles. It is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race, gender and  sexual orientation, and one would expect councils to be leading by example on these issues. There isn't a need for mini-departments of equality and diversity officers. This is an area where councils can easily save money which will help to protect front line services.

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