Non-job of the week

May 02, 2012 5:06 PM

I was talking to a supporter on the phone this morning and during the conversation he mentioned that the one thing the government will never admit to is that they spend £x billion on bureaucracy. And there lies the problem. We see questionable jobs advertised every day, yet finding out exactly how many there are is a nigh-on impossible task.

Both of the examples today have been sent in by supporters. The first is on the NHS jobs website - the NHS in the South of England requires a part-time Leadership Consultant. Here's part of the job description:
The role supports individuals and organisations to create an environment that enables employees to understand, engage with, develop and deliver organisational objectives, often in tandem with managing organisational change.


If you have the time, take a look at the executive appointments on the NHS jobs website. You will see they are in plentiful supply - currently 109 jobs paying in excess of £50K. Is it absolutely necessary to employ another (non-medical) consultant to develop and deliver organisational objectives? Aren't there enough people earning good salaries to do that already?

The next example comes from North East Lincolnshire Council. Some of you will remember they previously hit the headlines employing a Future Shape Programme Manager. The council recently advertised for a Service Manager - Communications, Print and Marketing. Although the expiry date for applications passed on 30 April, it is still worth a mention. The job pays £50,133 per annum, and here is part of the job description:
It’s a tough job, but a great one, too. We’re committed to improving outcomes across the Borough. We have an amazing story to tell. And now we’re looking for an amazing individual, a creative, determined Service Manager – Communications, Print and Marketing to help us tell it to the communities we serve, our partners and beyond.

Leading the Communications, Print and Marketing Team, you’ll be responsible for building and protecting the authority’s reputation as a well-managed council, providing vital, people-led services to those who live in, work in and visit the area.

So, council taxpayers are being charged to employ someone whose job it is to protect the authority's reputation as a well-managed council? It reminds of the communications allowance MPs used to get - £10,000 a year to tell their constituents how great they were and what a wonderful job they were doing.

It will be interesting to see if the council is willing to defend this appointment at a time when it is cutting back expenditure. What has this role got to do with providing front-line services? There is already a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) across the Humber area that is tasked with promoting businesses, although the Government should be aiming to make the whole country an Enterprise Zone.

The council is employing a spin doctor on the rates, and no matter how hard they try to hide that in the job title and description, local taxpayers will see it for what it is.I was talking to a supporter on the phone this morning and during the conversation he mentioned that the one thing the government will never admit to is that they spend £x billion on bureaucracy. And there lies the problem. We see questionable jobs advertised every day, yet finding out exactly how many there are is a nigh-on impossible task.

Both of the examples today have been sent in by supporters. The first is on the NHS jobs website - the NHS in the South of England requires a part-time Leadership Consultant. Here's part of the job description:
The role supports individuals and organisations to create an environment that enables employees to understand, engage with, develop and deliver organisational objectives, often in tandem with managing organisational change.


If you have the time, take a look at the executive appointments on the NHS jobs website. You will see they are in plentiful supply - currently 109 jobs paying in excess of £50K. Is it absolutely necessary to employ another (non-medical) consultant to develop and deliver organisational objectives? Aren't there enough people earning good salaries to do that already?

The next example comes from North East Lincolnshire Council. Some of you will remember they previously hit the headlines employing a Future Shape Programme Manager. The council recently advertised for a Service Manager - Communications, Print and Marketing. Although the expiry date for applications passed on 30 April, it is still worth a mention. The job pays £50,133 per annum, and here is part of the job description:
It’s a tough job, but a great one, too. We’re committed to improving outcomes across the Borough. We have an amazing story to tell. And now we’re looking for an amazing individual, a creative, determined Service Manager – Communications, Print and Marketing to help us tell it to the communities we serve, our partners and beyond.

Leading the Communications, Print and Marketing Team, you’ll be responsible for building and protecting the authority’s reputation as a well-managed council, providing vital, people-led services to those who live in, work in and visit the area.

So, council taxpayers are being charged to employ someone whose job it is to protect the authority's reputation as a well-managed council? It reminds of the communications allowance MPs used to get - £10,000 a year to tell their constituents how great they were and what a wonderful job they were doing.

It will be interesting to see if the council is willing to defend this appointment at a time when it is cutting back expenditure. What has this role got to do with providing front-line services? There is already a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) across the Humber area that is tasked with promoting businesses, although the Government should be aiming to make the whole country an Enterprise Zone.

The council is employing a spin doctor on the rates, and no matter how hard they try to hide that in the job title and description, local taxpayers will see it for what it is.

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