Non-job of the week

Guardian_nonjobs_191108_3More jobs lost in the private sector this week and the government keeps on recruiting with 686 for you to choose from.  If you’re still guessing where Gordon’s borrowing has gone, look no further than our non-job of the week:


Equality Officer
£26,835 - £28,919


Can you help us Build Pride in Cumbria?




Salary: £26,835 - £28,919


Ref CH520E


Reporting to the Strategic Manager: Equality & Participation, the postholder will promote and embed the County Council's Equality Scheme within Children's Services; whilst ensuring Directorate equality objectives are met. You will take a lead role in monitoring service performance against the Equality Standard for Local Government and project manage Directorate-wide initiatives to embed equality and diversity. The postholder will be based in CARLISLE.


You must be able to demonstrate:


- Educated to degree level or equivalent.


- Proven experience of working with equality and diversity issues.


- Proven ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners at all levels and across service boundaries.


- Proven experience of project management.


Closing date 5pm, 5 January 2009. Interview date 19 January 2009.


This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure check through CRB.


For more information and an application pack please contact (01228) 673722 or email [email protected] quoting relevant reference.


Why not apply on line at


Committed to diversity and equality of opportunity. Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria will be interviewed. Our Investor in People status covers all county council departments. Schools are evaluated on an individual basis. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of submitting your application please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.


Cumbria County Council






These non-job reports are turning into ‘equality bingo’.  Every time you spot a post driving for equality, bingo, you win a prize.  Joking aside, though, this job is yet another middle managing, meddling post within Cumbria’s Equality Directorate that yet again takes money from the frontline. 


It’s not our job here to comment on the pros and cons of ‘equality’, you can do that in the comments section.  Our job is to see where our money is being put.  We pay our taxes for frontline services.  The government has equality laws and if you feel an employer has broken them you can seek redress in the courts.  Therefore it brings into question whether these equality departments need armies of bureaucrats on above-average pay that are draining valuable services from the front line.  To ask a question, but what would you rather have, another home help, another bin man, another street sweeper or an equality officer?  Answers on a postcard please…

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