Non-job of the week

October 04, 2012 3:29 PM

Last week I commented on Croydon Borough Council's search for a new Equality Officer, paying £37,179 – £38,961 per annum. I wondered at the time if this was a replcement officer, or if they were swelling the ranks. I have the same question today.

The same council is now looking for an Equality Manager, paying £46,050 - £47,907.  According to the job advertisement "this post reports to the Head of Equality and Community Relations and is a key role within the organisation, driving forward an ambitious and far reaching equalities agenda."

Considering many councils do not employ equality and diversity officers, it will be interesting to find out just how many officers there are in the Equality and Community Relations Department in Croydon. How much do they cost taxpayers? What do they do all day?

It's not just the NHS who have cash to spend on Environmental Sustainability teams. The University of Sussex is looking for an Environmental and Cultural Change Manager, paying £37,012 – £44,166 per annum. Here's part of the job advert:
A brand new opportunity has arisen within our Sustainability team to formulate and implement sustainability, environmental and carbon reduction initiatives across the University of Surrey estate. You will be responsible for working on a programme of events, projects and activities to reduce the University’s energy consumption, greenhouse gases and costs.

Professionally qualified to degree level (or equivalent experience), you will need to bring with you a broad level of experience within a similar role and either an environmental and/or sustainability qualification or possess membership of an appropriate institute related to buildings and the environment.

In return we offer a generous annual leave entitlement, pension scheme, excellent development opportunities, childcare assistance and discounted leisure facilities.

Instead of concentrating on the obvious solutions there are to reduce energy consumption, and thus reduce costs, the university decides to create a new job opportunity with lots of perks. It makes you wonder how we ever survived without sustainabilty officers. Perhaps we just used our common sense instead?Last week I commented on Croydon Borough Council's search for a new Equality Officer, paying £37,179 – £38,961 per annum. I wondered at the time if this was a replcement officer, or if they were swelling the ranks. I have the same question today.

The same council is now looking for an Equality Manager, paying £46,050 - £47,907.  According to the job advertisement "this post reports to the Head of Equality and Community Relations and is a key role within the organisation, driving forward an ambitious and far reaching equalities agenda."

Considering many councils do not employ equality and diversity officers, it will be interesting to find out just how many officers there are in the Equality and Community Relations Department in Croydon. How much do they cost taxpayers? What do they do all day?

It's not just the NHS who have cash to spend on Environmental Sustainability teams. The University of Sussex is looking for an Environmental and Cultural Change Manager, paying £37,012 – £44,166 per annum. Here's part of the job advert:
A brand new opportunity has arisen within our Sustainability team to formulate and implement sustainability, environmental and carbon reduction initiatives across the University of Surrey estate. You will be responsible for working on a programme of events, projects and activities to reduce the University’s energy consumption, greenhouse gases and costs.

Professionally qualified to degree level (or equivalent experience), you will need to bring with you a broad level of experience within a similar role and either an environmental and/or sustainability qualification or possess membership of an appropriate institute related to buildings and the environment.

In return we offer a generous annual leave entitlement, pension scheme, excellent development opportunities, childcare assistance and discounted leisure facilities.

Instead of concentrating on the obvious solutions there are to reduce energy consumption, and thus reduce costs, the university decides to create a new job opportunity with lots of perks. It makes you wonder how we ever survived without sustainabilty officers. Perhaps we just used our common sense instead?

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