Non-job of the week

December 02, 2010 4:37 PM

Councils across the country are having to rein-in spending. This we know. We also know some councils, have been doing this for years, providing frontline services & lowering council tax at the same time. It can be done.

North East Lincolnshire Council is conducting a budget consultation, asking residents' opinions on how they would reduce spending. This we applaud, but what makes this week's non-job so galling is at the same time, the council is advertising for a Future Shape Programme Manager on a whacking £70,189 per annum.  Unfortunately, if you are thinking about applying for this job, you're a day too late, as applications closed yesterday, but this advert had to be highlighted. Here is the job description:

Fixed Term until December 2012

Future Shape is an exciting programme setting out the Council’s vision to be a commissioning, enabling and facilitating organisation. We want to improve experiences and outcomes for our people and our businesses, be adaptable and future proof and be a smaller and smarter organisation. It is this programme of projects that will enable us to deliver the change required.

We need an individual to shape, challenge and co-ordinate the Future Shape programme. You will establish and champion the approach to strategic change, realise maximum value from the change and ensure it is outcome focussed. Working with senior management and other key stakeholders you will ensure coherence across operational and change activity, minimising any adverse impacts of change.

You will have excellent programme and project management, excellent people management and strong leadership skills, experience of leading complex change in a large organisation and knowledge of the public sector and of the key issues in local government.

If the manager is paid over £70K, how large is the team they are going to manage? What other high salaries are there? The most recent TPA Town Hall Rich List tells us the chief executive and another five directors earn over £100K per annum. What are they doing? Surely if they want a 'smaller and smarter organisation' they are paid to do this? This reminds me of 'Yes Minister', where more staff were employed to find out whether the department was overstaffed!

Thankfully these non-jobs are getting harder to find, but if you spot one, please contact me and give me the details.Councils across the country are having to rein-in spending. This we know. We also know some councils, have been doing this for years, providing frontline services & lowering council tax at the same time. It can be done.

North East Lincolnshire Council is conducting a budget consultation, asking residents' opinions on how they would reduce spending. This we applaud, but what makes this week's non-job so galling is at the same time, the council is advertising for a Future Shape Programme Manager on a whacking £70,189 per annum.  Unfortunately, if you are thinking about applying for this job, you're a day too late, as applications closed yesterday, but this advert had to be highlighted. Here is the job description:

Fixed Term until December 2012

Future Shape is an exciting programme setting out the Council’s vision to be a commissioning, enabling and facilitating organisation. We want to improve experiences and outcomes for our people and our businesses, be adaptable and future proof and be a smaller and smarter organisation. It is this programme of projects that will enable us to deliver the change required.

We need an individual to shape, challenge and co-ordinate the Future Shape programme. You will establish and champion the approach to strategic change, realise maximum value from the change and ensure it is outcome focussed. Working with senior management and other key stakeholders you will ensure coherence across operational and change activity, minimising any adverse impacts of change.

You will have excellent programme and project management, excellent people management and strong leadership skills, experience of leading complex change in a large organisation and knowledge of the public sector and of the key issues in local government.

If the manager is paid over £70K, how large is the team they are going to manage? What other high salaries are there? The most recent TPA Town Hall Rich List tells us the chief executive and another five directors earn over £100K per annum. What are they doing? Surely if they want a 'smaller and smarter organisation' they are paid to do this? This reminds me of 'Yes Minister', where more staff were employed to find out whether the department was overstaffed!

Thankfully these non-jobs are getting harder to find, but if you spot one, please contact me and give me the details.

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