Non-job of the week

March 30, 2011 12:00 PM

On 2 March, my non-job of the week was an Interim Head of Parking in an unnamed London borough, paying £500-600 a day. Who said lightning doesn't strike twice? I don't know how I managed to miss this advert from The Guardian which was posted on 8 March, and although the salary is lower, once again we have a London council paying over the odds for a parking manager, and hiding their identity through recruitment consultants, Morgan Hunt.

This unnamed borough council is looking for a Parking Operations Manager. It's for a fixed term contract, and the anonymous council is willing to pay £40-50 an hour! Based on a 40 hour working week, that's anywhere between £83-104K per annum. Before anyone gets back to me and accuses me of getting my figures wrong, I understand they may not be entitled to paid annual leave (as the advert doesn't state anything about this), and I also understand this person will have to pay their own private pension contributions, although when you are earning £50 per hour, you can easily afford it.

Apart from the egregious salary, what really annoys me is once again we have another council trying to hide big salaries by using a recruitment consultant. They know it is unpopular, so instead go behind residents' backs.

We also have a flurry of other dubious jobs this week. Once again from The Guardian, I've discovered the European Union is advertising Public Sector Jobs in Europe. It's very rare I agree with the EU on anything, but I agree with them on this:
The European Union institutions make a measurable difference every day to the lives of 500 million people in 27 member states.

It all depends on whether you think the measurable difference is good or bad!

Wyre Borough Council is looking for a Transformation Manager on £42,843-£46,750, and Northamptonshire County Council is looking for a Business Transformation Project Manager on £40,741-£45,990.

Considering the new budgets councils have just voted through will start to take effect from 1 April, why these councils find a need to create more jobs baffles me. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, until the penny drops. Both these councils have a well remunerated chief executive, numerous directors, heads of departments, and other managers. Transforming services, improving performance and saving taxpayers' money is what they should be doing already, but just like North East Lincolnshire Council and Surrey County Council, they would rather spend more cash thinking up new job titles as an excuse for their own poor performance in the past.



On 2 March, my non-job of the week was an Interim Head of Parking in an unnamed London borough, paying £500-600 a day. Who said lightning doesn't strike twice? I don't know how I managed to miss this advert from The Guardian which was posted on 8 March, and although the salary is lower, once again we have a London council paying over the odds for a parking manager, and hiding their identity through recruitment consultants, Morgan Hunt.

This unnamed borough council is looking for a Parking Operations Manager. It's for a fixed term contract, and the anonymous council is willing to pay £40-50 an hour! Based on a 40 hour working week, that's anywhere between £83-104K per annum. Before anyone gets back to me and accuses me of getting my figures wrong, I understand they may not be entitled to paid annual leave (as the advert doesn't state anything about this), and I also understand this person will have to pay their own private pension contributions, although when you are earning £50 per hour, you can easily afford it.

Apart from the egregious salary, what really annoys me is once again we have another council trying to hide big salaries by using a recruitment consultant. They know it is unpopular, so instead go behind residents' backs.

We also have a flurry of other dubious jobs this week. Once again from The Guardian, I've discovered the European Union is advertising Public Sector Jobs in Europe. It's very rare I agree with the EU on anything, but I agree with them on this:
The European Union institutions make a measurable difference every day to the lives of 500 million people in 27 member states.

It all depends on whether you think the measurable difference is good or bad!

Wyre Borough Council is looking for a Transformation Manager on £42,843-£46,750, and Northamptonshire County Council is looking for a Business Transformation Project Manager on £40,741-£45,990.

Considering the new budgets councils have just voted through will start to take effect from 1 April, why these councils find a need to create more jobs baffles me. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, until the penny drops. Both these councils have a well remunerated chief executive, numerous directors, heads of departments, and other managers. Transforming services, improving performance and saving taxpayers' money is what they should be doing already, but just like North East Lincolnshire Council and Surrey County Council, they would rather spend more cash thinking up new job titles as an excuse for their own poor performance in the past.



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