Non-job of the week

December 08, 2010 4:49 AM

Non-jobs are (thankfully) getting harder to find. There is also a vast reduction in the amount of government jobs on The Gurdian website too. Instead of over 500 a few months' ago, this week it is down to 122!

The government is not very good when it comes to IT (or ICT as it is called today). Major projects are usually completed over time, over budget, with teething troubles that make a clapped-out car look like a Ferrari! Major organisations - such as banks - manage to get their IT systems to work, but not government departments and agencies. This week's non-job is awarded to the Student Loans Company (SLC) who are looking for a Director of ICT on an undisclosed six-figure salary. Here is the job description:

The organisation is currently going through a period of major change to meet with growing demand and as such is looking to recruit a Director of ICT which will have a critical impact on SLC's strategic ambitions.

The Role

  • To provide advice and guidance to the CEO and Board on the delivery of agreed development programmes and ICT systems and on up to date technologies.

  • To develop the Company’s ICT Strategy, which is informed by the business strategy, for approval by the CEO/Board.

  • To deliver the appropriate investment in ICT systems, and infrastructure, necessary to support business operations and the delivery of the business objectives that underpin the Company’s business strategy.


The Candidate

  • Graduate in an IT-related discipline with MBA an advantage.

  • A seasoned ICT/Change Management professional with a proven track record of continuing professional development and proven experience of leading a professional team.

  • Proven experience in a senior management role, within an ICT environment, preferably within public service and/or financial services sectors.


One of supporters asks the following pertinent questions: firstly, why does this job need to pay a six-figure package? Secondly, why is this quango's ICT not outsourced to specialists, and thirdly why is someone with public-sector experience preferred, given the sector's high-spending, low-performing IT project record - or is someone already in mind to be shuffled around the civil service chess board?

I couldn't agree more. This director is likely to be paid something close to David Cameron's salary. So much for a reduction in senior pay! If the director is getting paid a six-figure salary, how many staff are employed in their department? What is the total cost for providing in-house ICT solutions? Many private companies will be able to offer ICT solutions for the SLC, and will be able to do it cheaper and more efffectively. If experience has told us nothing, it has told us this.Non-jobs are (thankfully) getting harder to find. There is also a vast reduction in the amount of government jobs on The Gurdian website too. Instead of over 500 a few months' ago, this week it is down to 122!

The government is not very good when it comes to IT (or ICT as it is called today). Major projects are usually completed over time, over budget, with teething troubles that make a clapped-out car look like a Ferrari! Major organisations - such as banks - manage to get their IT systems to work, but not government departments and agencies. This week's non-job is awarded to the Student Loans Company (SLC) who are looking for a Director of ICT on an undisclosed six-figure salary. Here is the job description:

The organisation is currently going through a period of major change to meet with growing demand and as such is looking to recruit a Director of ICT which will have a critical impact on SLC's strategic ambitions.

The Role

  • To provide advice and guidance to the CEO and Board on the delivery of agreed development programmes and ICT systems and on up to date technologies.

  • To develop the Company’s ICT Strategy, which is informed by the business strategy, for approval by the CEO/Board.

  • To deliver the appropriate investment in ICT systems, and infrastructure, necessary to support business operations and the delivery of the business objectives that underpin the Company’s business strategy.


The Candidate

  • Graduate in an IT-related discipline with MBA an advantage.

  • A seasoned ICT/Change Management professional with a proven track record of continuing professional development and proven experience of leading a professional team.

  • Proven experience in a senior management role, within an ICT environment, preferably within public service and/or financial services sectors.


One of supporters asks the following pertinent questions: firstly, why does this job need to pay a six-figure package? Secondly, why is this quango's ICT not outsourced to specialists, and thirdly why is someone with public-sector experience preferred, given the sector's high-spending, low-performing IT project record - or is someone already in mind to be shuffled around the civil service chess board?

I couldn't agree more. This director is likely to be paid something close to David Cameron's salary. So much for a reduction in senior pay! If the director is getting paid a six-figure salary, how many staff are employed in their department? What is the total cost for providing in-house ICT solutions? Many private companies will be able to offer ICT solutions for the SLC, and will be able to do it cheaper and more efffectively. If experience has told us nothing, it has told us this.

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