Non-job of the week

Guardian non-jobs 2009 26.8.09 There are just over 400 jobs in the government sector this week, with a few corkers vying for the non-job of the week.  As you can see from the table on the right, the jobs are broken down into government ‘sectors’ and salary bands.


The runner up this week comes from the quangocracy of the North East Development agency, re-spun as One North East.  At a salary of £51,479 you could become the European Union Development Fund Delivery Manager.  Amazing, isn't it?  We've shown how these quangos fail to have their desired effect and yet they still cram in more apparatchiks.


Our winner as non-job of the week, however, comes from the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service:


Head of Equality and Diversity
£38,575 - £42,757


Diversity matters to us ~ to make a difference in the community we need to understand and develop how we work and deliver our services.


With your strong equality and diversity background and experience of working with senior stakeholders, you will lead on the development and implementation of the Corporate Equality and Diversity strategy and associated action plans. 


As the leader of a newly established team, you will motivate and inspire all employees and stakeholders about equality and diversity. Your communication skills will enable you to build credibility and raise the profile of equality and diversity.  A relevant qualification to degree level is essential or equivalent experience working in role at a similar level.


In line with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 this post is politically restricted. We are committed to equality and fairness at work - applications are encouraged from all diverse communities.”


Non-job of the week 26.8.09 SCAN  


I don’t know what’s worse, that authorities continue to fund and create these politically correct departments or that they pay these bureaucrats more than frontline staff.


From the Fire Brigades Union website we read that a trainee fireman receives a salary of £21,157.  A ‘competent’ fireman – I assume one who has completed training – is in line for £28,199.  Should you do well and win promotion to leading a crew, you would graduate to £31,263.  From there, you could go even further, even as a station manager and developing group manager you would be paid less than the head of equality and diversity.  Disgusting!


It appears even more likely - and incredibly necessary - that there will be an almighty squeeze in public spending.  Just looking at the shocking pay comparison between front line fire-fighters and bureaucratic patrons of political correctness and we know where the axe should fall.  Our services need to save every penny to cope with the effects of political blundering. 

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