Non-job of the week

January 18, 2012 3:30 PM

Our starter for ten today is not a non-job as such, but another example of why so many government projects go wrong. The Department of Health is looking to recruit a Chief Executive for Public Health England. The salary is circa £180K. Nowhere in the job description does it cite a requirement for the applicant to have experience or any qualifications in health! Yet the government is willing to pay the successful applicant more than the prime minister's salary, and vastly more than an experienced hospital consultant. 

Despite assurances that senior pay will be brought in line, once again we see a large salary being offered to someone who doesn't necessarily have the qualifications in the field they will be in overall responsibility of. It's rather like starting a Grand Prix from the back of the grid. It's not impossible to win, but your chances are severely hampered.

Our next two offerings are hardly surprising. Once the government gave the green light to High Speed 2 (HS2) I've been waiting for all the non-jobs that will be on offer. It hasn't taken long. Your taxes, and those of your children and grandchildren, will be paying for Community Liaison & Stakeholder Managers and Advisors, and Community Forums Managers. The salary on offer for both posts is between £33K-£60K per annum. We don't how many there will be, although the advertisement does say there will be phased recruitment.

So what will these people be doing? Put simply, a PR exercise in trying to win over those who live along the route and are currently objecting to HS2. The following is part of the job description In the advert for a Community Liaison & Stakeholder Manager and Advisor.
You will play a pivotal role in working with local communities, HS2 area engineers and environmentalists, to identify local priorities and explore opportunities for developing local community benefits and brokering solutions.

As most major government projects never run to budget or to time, we can safely assume that HS2 will cost much more than the quoted £32 billion, and the line from London to Birmingham will not be up and running until after 2026. By the time it gets to Leeds and Manchester, those MPs so enthusiastic about the project will be enjoying their retirement, that's assuming they have not left this mortal coil.

In the meantime even more money will be wasted as the spin machine drives forward at maximum speed in an attempt to win over those of us who know this is a white elephant. Expect timetable revisions, increased cost projections, and more non-jobs as the years roll by.Our starter for ten today is not a non-job as such, but another example of why so many government projects go wrong. The Department of Health is looking to recruit a Chief Executive for Public Health England. The salary is circa £180K. Nowhere in the job description does it cite a requirement for the applicant to have experience or any qualifications in health! Yet the government is willing to pay the successful applicant more than the prime minister's salary, and vastly more than an experienced hospital consultant. 

Despite assurances that senior pay will be brought in line, once again we see a large salary being offered to someone who doesn't necessarily have the qualifications in the field they will be in overall responsibility of. It's rather like starting a Grand Prix from the back of the grid. It's not impossible to win, but your chances are severely hampered.

Our next two offerings are hardly surprising. Once the government gave the green light to High Speed 2 (HS2) I've been waiting for all the non-jobs that will be on offer. It hasn't taken long. Your taxes, and those of your children and grandchildren, will be paying for Community Liaison & Stakeholder Managers and Advisors, and Community Forums Managers. The salary on offer for both posts is between £33K-£60K per annum. We don't how many there will be, although the advertisement does say there will be phased recruitment.

So what will these people be doing? Put simply, a PR exercise in trying to win over those who live along the route and are currently objecting to HS2. The following is part of the job description In the advert for a Community Liaison & Stakeholder Manager and Advisor.
You will play a pivotal role in working with local communities, HS2 area engineers and environmentalists, to identify local priorities and explore opportunities for developing local community benefits and brokering solutions.

As most major government projects never run to budget or to time, we can safely assume that HS2 will cost much more than the quoted £32 billion, and the line from London to Birmingham will not be up and running until after 2026. By the time it gets to Leeds and Manchester, those MPs so enthusiastic about the project will be enjoying their retirement, that's assuming they have not left this mortal coil.

In the meantime even more money will be wasted as the spin machine drives forward at maximum speed in an attempt to win over those of us who know this is a white elephant. Expect timetable revisions, increased cost projections, and more non-jobs as the years roll by.

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