Non-job of the week

September 22, 2010 3:50 PM

Although, as we’ve previously mentioned, there are definitely fewer non-jobs cropping up on the usual recruitment websites it seems they are still coming to the attention of TPA supporters via local newspapers and the likes. Nj17


Staffordshire County Council are currently advertising for a Deputy Chief Executive on £134k, despite the fact that Eric Pickles, amongst others, has questioned whether council Chief Executives end up duplicating much of the work of the council leader (in which case, do they really need a deputy?). Within the recruitment pages of the Hereford Times ‘The Rural Media Company’ are hiring a Young People’s Filmmaker (£18-£22k) using Lottery money, and Reading Borough Council are the latest local authority keen to boost their green credentials regardless of the squeeze on public  finances, offering a salary range of £31,754 - £34,549 for an “Energy Management Officer”.


This week though, Westminster City Council bring us our non-job:


Assistant Media Officer
Target salary £22,920 - £24,156 pa with potential future progression based on performance up to £31,935 pa


COMMUNICATIONS AND STRATEGY
Policy & Support
Assistant Media Officer
Target salary £22,920 - £24,156 pa with potential future progression based on performance up to £31,935 pa
Fixed term contract for one year
Targeting public relations in the heart of London
We’re looking for an Assistant Media Officer to join our award-winning communications team and to provide 24/7 media relations support for one of the best councils in the country.
Of graduate calibre, you should already be working in the media, on a local newspaper for example, or in a hard-hitting news driven public relations environment and looking for your next move.
We build strong relationships with journalists across print, broadcast and digital media, run effective campaigns and are regarded as credible advisors. Everyone who joins us also enjoys excellent professional development.
This role is politically restricted.
For an informal discussion, please contact Oliver Finegold or Charles Begley on 020 7641 2259.
Benefits: - Generous annual leave - Interest free season ticket loan - Excellent pension scheme - Staff discount card.
If you would like to apply for this position, please download an application pack from
www.westminster.gov.uk/jobsandcareers/jobvacancies quoting ref: 4078.


If this is the assistant’s salary, what are others in this department commanding? Excellent pension scheme?  Not if you’re a taxpayer! Just why is this authority prioritising press and ‘reputation management’ at a time of cuts? Or have I just answered my own question?


It’s the usual argument here, but it’s an important one to make – when frontline services, the things that residents truly value, are under threat the council shouldn’t be charging those same residents for PR. Here at the TPA we’d definately say – cut spin before services

Although, as we’ve previously mentioned, there are definitely fewer non-jobs cropping up on the usual recruitment websites it seems they are still coming to the attention of TPA supporters via local newspapers and the likes. Nj17


Staffordshire County Council are currently advertising for a Deputy Chief Executive on £134k, despite the fact that Eric Pickles, amongst others, has questioned whether council Chief Executives end up duplicating much of the work of the council leader (in which case, do they really need a deputy?). Within the recruitment pages of the Hereford Times ‘The Rural Media Company’ are hiring a Young People’s Filmmaker (£18-£22k) using Lottery money, and Reading Borough Council are the latest local authority keen to boost their green credentials regardless of the squeeze on public  finances, offering a salary range of £31,754 - £34,549 for an “Energy Management Officer”.


This week though, Westminster City Council bring us our non-job:


Assistant Media Officer
Target salary £22,920 - £24,156 pa with potential future progression based on performance up to £31,935 pa


COMMUNICATIONS AND STRATEGY
Policy & Support
Assistant Media Officer
Target salary £22,920 - £24,156 pa with potential future progression based on performance up to £31,935 pa
Fixed term contract for one year
Targeting public relations in the heart of London
We’re looking for an Assistant Media Officer to join our award-winning communications team and to provide 24/7 media relations support for one of the best councils in the country.
Of graduate calibre, you should already be working in the media, on a local newspaper for example, or in a hard-hitting news driven public relations environment and looking for your next move.
We build strong relationships with journalists across print, broadcast and digital media, run effective campaigns and are regarded as credible advisors. Everyone who joins us also enjoys excellent professional development.
This role is politically restricted.
For an informal discussion, please contact Oliver Finegold or Charles Begley on 020 7641 2259.
Benefits: - Generous annual leave - Interest free season ticket loan - Excellent pension scheme - Staff discount card.
If you would like to apply for this position, please download an application pack from
www.westminster.gov.uk/jobsandcareers/jobvacancies quoting ref: 4078.


If this is the assistant’s salary, what are others in this department commanding? Excellent pension scheme?  Not if you’re a taxpayer! Just why is this authority prioritising press and ‘reputation management’ at a time of cuts? Or have I just answered my own question?


It’s the usual argument here, but it’s an important one to make – when frontline services, the things that residents truly value, are under threat the council shouldn’t be charging those same residents for PR. Here at the TPA we’d definately say – cut spin before services

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