Non-job of the week

SmallbluebinCroydon’s residents have just been handed a 4% Council Tax increase.  Where’s it going…on the bonfire of non-jobs, of course:


Senior Internal Communications Officers x2, LONDON BOROUGH OF CROYDON


£28,524 to £30,603


If so, the London Borough of Croydon could be the place for you. With seven Beacon Council awards demonstrating excellence in local Government, a three-star CPA rating with realistic ambitions of achieving a four-star rating, and a new and challenging top team, it’s a great place to work. As a Senior Internal Communications Officer, you’ll be working in the thick of the action.


Based in Human Resources and Organisational Development, you’ll work within a small but dynamic team, responsible for communicating to 12,000 staff in nearly 300 locations. The groundwork is in place: we have an ambitious people strategy and we now need innovative, forward-thinking professionals to deliver creative communications via a range of channels.


To succeed in this role, you’ll need to demonstrate that you can work with everybody from the Chief Executive to refuse collectors and parking attendants who are out delivering services to the community day in, day out. You’ll be excited at the prospect of leading on a range of projects from running events, to editing publications, to communicating large-scale corporate change programmes.


If you’re a proactive communicator who can deliver fast, effective solutions under pressure, we’d love to hear from you.


For an informal chat about the role, please call Hayley Blake, HR & OD Communications Manager, on 020 8604 7679 or email [email protected]


Closing Date: Friday 18 April 2008


For a job pack please visit where you can register and apply online.”


The horrifying statistic in the above job description is the announcement that Croydon Council employs 12,000 people across 300 offices.  Rumours abound that graduate jobs in the private sector will be fewer owing to the uncertain economic climate.  Nevertheless, week after week there is never a shortage of local government non-jobs filling up the middle management roster in local government.  Clearly if this trend of taking more from the profit making sector and handing it to the bloated, unproductive sector continues, it will lead to higher taxes for us all. 

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