I loathe the smell of burning money in the morning. All that borrowing, going straight into the fire of local government bureaucracy. MFI may go broke this week, costing thousands of jobs, but there’s 575 new jobs in government, all paid for by the taxpayer. Our non-job this week comes from Coventry City Council:
“Governance Services Manager
£37,543 - £42,232 pa (pay award pending)
The Council is looking for a talented, passionate and motivated leader to champion governance issues, get more people involved in decision making and set high standards. Providing leadership for a Governance Services team of 14, you will need to have experience of managing cultural change, a focus on quality performance management and be able to develop people. We need a leader who is able to build, articulate and share the vision for service. Experience at a senior level in a fast paced team environment is a key requirement.
With a dynamic, new Chief Executive set to head up further change and transformation there is no better time to be joining us.
For an informal discussion contact Helen Abraham on 024 7683 2199.
You can download an application form and further details from http://www.coventry.gov.uk/jobs Alternatively you can: email: email@example.com or call our jobs line: 024 76 83 3030 minicom: 024 7683 3487 (for hearing impaired callers)
Closing date: 15th December 2008.
Interviews: 8th January 2009.
Coventry City Council”
What’s this, a job in people engineering? I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of this local government gobbledegook. If these jobs meant anything, they’d set out in clear terms what the role would achieve. For example, your bins will be emptied; your parks will be cut and cleaned etc. This ad doesn’t. It’s just another post in a 15-strong department there to ‘develop people’ – whatever that means.
I bet you feel sick now knowing this is where Brown’s borrowing is going. I certainly do.