This week’s non-job of the week highlights how Councils continue to spend, spend, spend and ignore the realities in the British economy. As the economy slows down, slower and lower growth means everyone’s spending has to change. Except for government it seems. A prime example here from Essex County Council, our non-job of the week:
“Internal Communications Officer
£21,414 - £27,597
We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented individual to join the Council's dynamic and forward-thinking internal communications team, as an Internal Communications Officer. Your energy will help us continue our drive to deliver excellent internal communications to the employees of Essex County Council.
Involved in all aspects of this busy internal communications team, you will help edit and write for the employee magazine; research and write news stories for the intranet; act as an internal communications business partner, advising directorates on all aspects of internal communications; and provide internal communications support for a variety of business campaigns and change programmes.
Your passion for internal communications and ability to embrace change will be combined with strong news writing skills - good grammar and spelling are essential. You will need an ability to prioritise your workload, work on your own initiative as well as with the team, and to multi-task.
A sound working knowledge and experience ideally in an internal communications environment, this is an opportunity for you to grow and develop your internal communications skills within a professional and energetic team.
Closing date: 12 September 2008.
For informal enquiries, please contact Katie Hadgraft on 01245 434010.
For further information and to apply on-line please go to www.jobsatessex.co.uk"
From the title it appears to be a helpful job. However, this non-job is merely used to supplment Council propaganda and publicity, costly glossy magazines nobody reads and ends up in the bin.
You think you pay your Council in council tax to get the bins cleaned, streets sweeped and public land taken care of? How long are these monolithic councils going to keep squandering your money? Or rather, how long are you going to let them waste it?