Non-job of the week

This week reveals a steady – and welcome – decline in public sector recruitment.  As you’ll see on the right, this is the second week that there are fewer jobs on offer in local government, saving you and me money. 

Sadly, there’s always one too many and you’ll see what I mean when you have a look at our non-job of the week.

Essex County Council have become a pain when it comes to squandering taxpayers’ money.  They’re very good at it.  During the last run of The Apprentice on the BBC, Essex CC announced they would give the runner up a job at Essex CC.  They didn’t say what the job would involve, but that they would be willing to spend taxpayers’ money on employing a ‘celebrity’ to do God knows what.  With a record like that it isn’t surprising to see this job advertised at Essex CC:

Public Arts Officer
£17,100 to £25,000 pro rata

Tremendous opportunity exists for integrating Public Art into the structures and the functioning of new developments in Essex.

We have a longstanding commitment to the commissioning of public art as part of our Capital Development Programme. Our strategy is to improve the image of the County of Essex nationally and internationally, as an exciting, forward-looking and developing location.

We are looking for an organised and enthusiastic individual with excellent interpersonal skills to join the Public Art Team to implement this work.

You will administer, co-ordinate and deliver a range of public art projects funded from the ECC Capital programme. You will be working in a fast paced and creative environment, with a strong reputation in design.

You will be educated to first degree standard or equivalent; with a sound working knowledge and experience in the field of public art as an organiser and fundraiser of public art projects. You will also have experience of organising events and budget management skills.

The duties of this job require the postholder to travel throughout an operational area, therefore a valid driving licence and use of car is required unless the role can be undertaken effectively by other alternative transport arrangements.

For applicants with a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act, the scope for reasonable adjustments will be explored with them as part of the selection process.

Contract: Fixed-term till 31 March 2010

22.2 hours per week

Closing date: 8 August 2008.

Why doesn’t Essex CC invite Banksy to do up some of their buildings.  I know it would be a damn sight cheaper for the taxpayer.

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