Non-job of the week

Guardian_nonjobs_31008Quangocrat alert!  Quangocrat alert!  Yes, the non-job of the week has yet another six-figure taxpayer-funded salary, one of the 700+ jobs in government on offer this week.  Here you can read our non-job of the week from Leicester City Council:


Chief Executive, Economic Development Company
The post up to £124k pa (pay award pending)




There's a new confidence in Leicester. It's the confidence of a city that knows where it's going.


Leicester is embarking on a 25-year journey - based on a long-term vision that's being driven by all of the city's key organisations. And we're reshaping Leicester City Council to ensure we're ready to meet the challenges ahead.


So we're looking for four exceptional leaders.


We need three strategic directors who will contribute truly innovative thinking, while making sure that we deliver world-class public services to our customers.


And we need a talented chief executive for our new economic development company, ensuring that the city and county make the most of increasing interest from investors.


So if you've got the passion, drive and energy to help us make our vision a reality, we'd like to hear from you.


For a discussion about the position, please call Enid Grant on (0116) 299 5000 or email [email protected]. For information on how to apply, go to


Closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th October 2008.


Assessment and interview dates for strategic directors: Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November.


Disabled applicants meeting the essential requirements of the job are guaranteed an interview.


Leicester City Council.”


Leicester City Council already has a Chief Executive.  It already has a leader of the Council.  It has Finance Directorates and other bureaucrats tasked with economic development.  So why is this job necessary?  You need only look at our paper on Regional Development Agencies to see the ineffectiveness of top-down economic planning to know that it doesn’t work.  So what does Leicester City Council do?  They squander your money for a chief executive of another unaccountable decision making body tasked with ‘economic development’. 


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