Non-job of the week

Guardian non-jobs 2009 10.6.09 As you can see on the right there are almost 600 jobs on offer in the government sector this week.  Our non-job of the week comes from Hackney council:


“"Cultural Officer


£34,707 - £37,476 p.a. inc.


The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has led to the biggest regeneration project ever seen in London, and around 30% of the Olympic Park site is in Hackney. This is your chance to work with the team focused on harnessing the benefits of hosting the Games for the people of Hackney. The opportunities are varied and expectations high. How will you take part?


As one of the five London boroughs hosting the Games, Hackney is leading on culture. This role will focus on facilitating all the cultural aspects of Hackney's involvement in the Games and its legacy. You'll help to build the local contribution to the Cultural Olympiad, ensuring participation from all sections of the community. You'll also deliver the annual Hackney One carnival and support the Create festival.


With strong communication and presentation skills, you will have a proven track record of working on major events in partnership with the emergency services and a range of council departments. Ideally, you're already working in the cultural sector and have a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities to deliver the borough wide vision around culture.”


This is yet another add-on non-job to the 2012 Olympics.  The taxpayer has already had to foot an incredible bill for the Olympics, an area where the recession has far from helped matters.  Now we see a telling trickle of non-jobs to supplement the Olympics.  Here, Hackney adds one more cultural officer to their plans to ‘lead on culture’. 


With council and Olympic overspending squeezing the taxpayer to intolerable levels, surely it’s time to scrap these ‘cultural’ positions and save taxpayers’ money.



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