£70,000 ’non-job’ at City of York Council

York Press: . .

A NEW role for a council boss tasked with helping city leaders save millions of pounds has been branded a £70,000-a-year “non-job”.

City of York Council is to appoint an assistant director of transformation and change for two years, to ensure the authority balances its books by saving £24 million.

The post will be paid for by not filling another vacant assistant director role – with responsibilities including schools and children’s strategy – and will not be advertised externally.

The authority’s staffing matters and urgency committee agreed this week to begin the recruitment process for the role, which will pay between £66,068 and £73,401 a year.

Liberal Democrat leader and committee member Coun Keith Aspden opposed the new role and also the decision to only seek internal applicants.

He said: “I would question whether this job is needed and whether it will provide value for taxpayers’ money.

“At a time when front-line services are being cut, it will seem extraordinary to residents that £70,000 a year can be found for this apparent non-job. Looking at the job description, I would expect existing senior officials to already be fulfilling this sort of strategic role.”

The director’s responsibilities will include ensuring “cost-effectiveness” and “effective utilisation of resources”, and finding ways the council can generate income.

Coun Aspden said only advertising the role internally could suggest “a jobs-for-the-boys attitude”. He was concerned about it being funded by leaving another post vacant, saying: “If the council really thought this role could go, it was an opportunity to save £140,000 over two years or divert the money to services.”

Kersten England, the council’s chief executive, said 21 assistant directorships had been reduced to 12 over the last four years and three posts were currently vacant, with two being filled on an interim basis.

She said the transformation and change role “redefines the work of one of our vacant posts” and was in response to a peer review study of the way the council worked.

She said it would ensure there was “sufficient capacity” to change the way the authority operated so it could make the necessary savings.

She said: “The recruitment process for this role is in line with our workforce strategy, in providing opportunities to support and develop our staff.”

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9:44am Thu 26 Dec 13

Art Baker says...

Alarmist headline constructed only to provoke inane comments from knicker wetters who know nothing about the operation of large organisations.
Alarmist headline constructed only to provoke inane comments from knicker wetters who know nothing about the operation of large organisations. Art Baker

9:52am Thu 26 Dec 13

wallman says...

where do I apply for the job at that pay?
where do I apply for the job at that pay? wallman

10:01am Thu 26 Dec 13

Art Baker says...

wallman wrote:
where do I apply for the job at that pay?
Google 'Executive Recruitment' and you will find plenty of opportunities paying much higher rates. But if you had a chance of landing such a role you would not need to ask the question.
[quote][p][bold]wallman[/bold] wrote: where do I apply for the job at that pay?[/p][/quote]Google 'Executive Recruitment' and you will find plenty of opportunities paying much higher rates. But if you had a chance of landing such a role you would not need to ask the question. Art Baker

11:06am Thu 26 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

Surely if the applicant succeeds in making large savings he will have more than covered the cost of his/her job and made a saving for ratepayers too?

Bankers at Goldman Sachs would not bother to get out of bed for a measly £70000. Their Christmas bonus comes to more than that.

And look who is doing the moaning! After the debacle of their period in office you would think that the LibDems in York would have the modesty to keep their heads down for a while
Surely if the applicant succeeds in making large savings he will have more than covered the cost of his/her job and made a saving for ratepayers too? Bankers at Goldman Sachs would not bother to get out of bed for a measly £70000. Their Christmas bonus comes to more than that. And look who is doing the moaning! After the debacle of their period in office you would think that the LibDems in York would have the modesty to keep their heads down for a while Jonthan

11:54am Thu 26 Dec 13

Can't all be wrong says...

Interesting that that post will only be advertised internally! If the talent needed to make this role a success existed internally, I would have thought the individual was already engaged in helping to reduce costs! As that appears not to be the case, then it would make sense to look further afield. Only a suggestion which I know has already fallen on deaf ears.
Interesting that that post will only be advertised internally! If the talent needed to make this role a success existed internally, I would have thought the individual was already engaged in helping to reduce costs! As that appears not to be the case, then it would make sense to look further afield. Only a suggestion which I know has already fallen on deaf ears. Can't all be wrong

12:17pm Thu 26 Dec 13

rodney'sdog says...

just save the money-we arent international bankers and 70,000 is a lot of peoples councilt ax. Also-why are council officers getting paid so much anyway? Surely we have a cieling on their pay of about £20,000?
just save the money-we arent international bankers and 70,000 is a lot of peoples councilt ax. Also-why are council officers getting paid so much anyway? Surely we have a cieling on their pay of about £20,000? rodney'sdog

12:20pm Thu 26 Dec 13

old_selebian says...

Why does Ms England speak in a public sector language which makes no sense to ordinary taxpayers? If you can't explain in plain English in one sentence what the job entails, it probably is a non job
Why does Ms England speak in a public sector language which makes no sense to ordinary taxpayers? If you can't explain in plain English in one sentence what the job entails, it probably is a non job old_selebian

12:20pm Thu 26 Dec 13

muckybutt says...

They can pay for the job upfront from the windfall of extra revenue from those there BRIDGE OF DOOM cameras !
They can pay for the job upfront from the windfall of extra revenue from those there BRIDGE OF DOOM cameras ! muckybutt

12:45pm Thu 26 Dec 13

andyjon12 says...

It's all part of the "Common Purpose". City of York Council is riddled with Common Purpose "graduates"; whoever gets this non job will almost certainly have "graduated" through the Common Purpose school of thought. The registered charity Common Purpose is responsible for "training" most of our "leaders" within local authorities, schools, police, NHS and so on. This includes City of York Council. This vile group of people and their ideology is dismantling society from within - with the aim of crushing all opposition; they have infiltrated the Labour Party and the Tory Party, and they are gathering seemingly unchecked momentum. To see evidence of this, search for Common Purpose and City of York Council. It really is almost beyond believe! These people should be shown for what they really are and for what they stand for. James Alexander is one such Common Purpose graduate - what a surprise. Equally worrying and galling is the fact that City of York Council departments along with other local authorities are spending vast amounts of public money in the ideological process: therefore, conning the public and further fueling Common Purpose.
It's all part of the "Common Purpose". City of York Council is riddled with Common Purpose "graduates"; whoever gets this non job will almost certainly have "graduated" through the Common Purpose school of thought. The registered charity Common Purpose is responsible for "training" most of our "leaders" within local authorities, schools, police, NHS and so on. This includes City of York Council. This vile group of people and their ideology is dismantling society from within - with the aim of crushing all opposition; they have infiltrated the Labour Party and the Tory Party, and they are gathering seemingly unchecked momentum. To see evidence of this, search for Common Purpose and City of York Council. It really is almost beyond believe! These people should be shown for what they really are and for what they stand for. James Alexander is one such Common Purpose graduate - what a surprise. Equally worrying and galling is the fact that City of York Council departments along with other local authorities are spending vast amounts of public money in the ideological process: therefore, conning the public and further fueling Common Purpose. andyjon12

1:22pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Sillybillies says...

old_selebian wrote:
Why does Ms England speak in a public sector language which makes no sense to ordinary taxpayers? If you can't explain in plain English in one sentence what the job entails, it probably is a non job
She has the biggest non job of them all.
[quote][p][bold]old_selebian[/bold] wrote: Why does Ms England speak in a public sector language which makes no sense to ordinary taxpayers? If you can't explain in plain English in one sentence what the job entails, it probably is a non job[/p][/quote]She has the biggest non job of them all. Sillybillies

2:21pm Thu 26 Dec 13

ak7274 says...

I wonder if the internal recruitment idea has a sense of self preservation.
Surely an outsider would be more able to see waste than someone who is already doing the wasting.
Much the same as when driving your own car for a year and not noticing a problem that starts off minor and slowly getting worse, then a friend or mechanic gets in and suddenly finds it is dangerous.
Either advertise fully or don't bother. Surely the best person for the job doesn't necessarily come from inside the Council, as has been proven over the last few years?
I wonder if the internal recruitment idea has a sense of self preservation. Surely an outsider would be more able to see waste than someone who is already doing the wasting. Much the same as when driving your own car for a year and not noticing a problem that starts off minor and slowly getting worse, then a friend or mechanic gets in and suddenly finds it is dangerous. Either advertise fully or don't bother. Surely the best person for the job doesn't necessarily come from inside the Council, as has been proven over the last few years? ak7274

5:31pm Thu 26 Dec 13

livewithit says...

The only transformation required is at the top ! Unfortunately we will have to wait until 2015 !
The only transformation required is at the top ! Unfortunately we will have to wait until 2015 ! livewithit

9:14pm Thu 26 Dec 13

wallman says...

Art Baker wrote:
wallman wrote:
where do I apply for the job at that pay?
Google 'Executive Recruitment' and you will find plenty of opportunities paying much higher rates. But if you had a chance of landing such a role you would not need to ask the question.
you had a sense of humour failure?
[quote][p][bold]Art Baker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wallman[/bold] wrote: where do I apply for the job at that pay?[/p][/quote]Google 'Executive Recruitment' and you will find plenty of opportunities paying much higher rates. But if you had a chance of landing such a role you would not need to ask the question.[/p][/quote]you had a sense of humour failure? wallman

9:14pm Thu 26 Dec 13

wallman says...

Art Baker wrote:
wallman wrote:
where do I apply for the job at that pay?
Google 'Executive Recruitment' and you will find plenty of opportunities paying much higher rates. But if you had a chance of landing such a role you would not need to ask the question.
you had a sense of humour failure?
[quote][p][bold]Art Baker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wallman[/bold] wrote: where do I apply for the job at that pay?[/p][/quote]Google 'Executive Recruitment' and you will find plenty of opportunities paying much higher rates. But if you had a chance of landing such a role you would not need to ask the question.[/p][/quote]you had a sense of humour failure? wallman

9:54pm Thu 26 Dec 13

andyjon12 says...

"Common Purpose" - this is the reason for the post being filled from within the City of York Council's existing bank of Common Purpose employees. Common Purpose have infiltrated our local government departments - this new post is simply an expansion of that; it is corrupt to the core and is sinister in its ideology. Our education department, children's social services and other front line service departments are riddled with middle managers and executives who have all graduated from the "Matrix" Programme, run by the so called charity - Common Purpose. These leaders should be challenged and held to account; this isn't just a crackpot idea of mine - this is really happening right here in York; I know it seems hard to believe; however it's true. The last Council Leader to oppose Common Purpose getting a foothold in York was Rod Hills - and look what happened to him; this in itself is cause for great worry.
"Common Purpose" - this is the reason for the post being filled from within the City of York Council's existing bank of Common Purpose employees. Common Purpose have infiltrated our local government departments - this new post is simply an expansion of that; it is corrupt to the core and is sinister in its ideology. Our education department, children's social services and other front line service departments are riddled with middle managers and executives who have all graduated from the "Matrix" Programme, run by the so called charity - Common Purpose. These leaders should be challenged and held to account; this isn't just a crackpot idea of mine - this is really happening right here in York; I know it seems hard to believe; however it's true. The last Council Leader to oppose Common Purpose getting a foothold in York was Rod Hills - and look what happened to him; this in itself is cause for great worry. andyjon12

10:33pm Thu 26 Dec 13

York1234 says...

This post will be filled by the former Programme Manager of what was More For York. This was a transformation programme which was cancelled because it failed to transform or reduce costs. Putting the same officer in charge or a similar function will not work. New leadership. Hire someone who leads through delivery and understands how to deliver projects.
This post will be filled by the former Programme Manager of what was More For York. This was a transformation programme which was cancelled because it failed to transform or reduce costs. Putting the same officer in charge or a similar function will not work. New leadership. Hire someone who leads through delivery and understands how to deliver projects. York1234

10:38pm Thu 26 Dec 13

York1234 says...

Jonthan wrote:
Surely if the applicant succeeds in making large savings he will have more than covered the cost of his/her job and made a saving for ratepayers too? Bankers at Goldman Sachs would not bother to get out of bed for a measly £70000. Their Christmas bonus comes to more than that. And look who is doing the moaning! After the debacle of their period in office you would think that the LibDems in York would have the modesty to keep their heads down for a while
He? Yes it will be a he. Its been created for a single person. Its not going to work. This will fail. Its ridiculous that my tax is paying for this to happen.
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: Surely if the applicant succeeds in making large savings he will have more than covered the cost of his/her job and made a saving for ratepayers too? Bankers at Goldman Sachs would not bother to get out of bed for a measly £70000. Their Christmas bonus comes to more than that. And look who is doing the moaning! After the debacle of their period in office you would think that the LibDems in York would have the modesty to keep their heads down for a while[/p][/quote]He? Yes it will be a he. Its been created for a single person. Its not going to work. This will fail. Its ridiculous that my tax is paying for this to happen. York1234

12:45am Fri 27 Dec 13

Rocking Horse says...

andyjon12 wrote:
"Common Purpose" - this is the reason for the post being filled from within the City of York Council's existing bank of Common Purpose employees. Common Purpose have infiltrated our local government departments - this new post is simply an expansion of that; it is corrupt to the core and is sinister in its ideology. Our education department, children's social services and other front line service departments are riddled with middle managers and executives who have all graduated from the "Matrix" Programme, run by the so called charity - Common Purpose. These leaders should be challenged and held to account; this isn't just a crackpot idea of mine - this is really happening right here in York; I know it seems hard to believe; however it's true. The last Council Leader to oppose Common Purpose getting a foothold in York was Rod Hills - and look what happened to him; this in itself is cause for great worry.
This is a marxist movement and andyjon12 is right to expose its existence within CYC.

A recent FOI request on 'What Do They Know' asked the Council which officers were 'graduates', but, the Council replied that no information was held within the various departments as to who was. They did however say that each year CYC pay for one senior manager to attend the Matrix programme. This being the case, why haven't they got a re cord who these staff are ? Why won't they disclose them ? It's because it's a secretive society with it's own agenda, which includes controlling freedom of speech. In light of recent attempts at gagging the public, it's pretty obvious that Common Purpose is at work within CYC.

If you want to learn more about it, google 'Brian Gerrish' and watch his youtube interviews and lectures. He has been investigating it for 20 years and it is truly shocking how this charity has encouraged brainwashing techniques to use persuasive coercion to engineer changes in views amongst society.

These 'graduates' need to be outed, and watched very closely.
[quote][p][bold]andyjon12[/bold] wrote: "Common Purpose" - this is the reason for the post being filled from within the City of York Council's existing bank of Common Purpose employees. Common Purpose have infiltrated our local government departments - this new post is simply an expansion of that; it is corrupt to the core and is sinister in its ideology. Our education department, children's social services and other front line service departments are riddled with middle managers and executives who have all graduated from the "Matrix" Programme, run by the so called charity - Common Purpose. These leaders should be challenged and held to account; this isn't just a crackpot idea of mine - this is really happening right here in York; I know it seems hard to believe; however it's true. The last Council Leader to oppose Common Purpose getting a foothold in York was Rod Hills - and look what happened to him; this in itself is cause for great worry.[/p][/quote]This is a marxist movement and andyjon12 is right to expose its existence within CYC. A recent FOI request on 'What Do They Know' asked the Council which officers were 'graduates', but, the Council replied that no information was held within the various departments as to who was. They did however say that each year CYC pay for one senior manager to attend the Matrix programme. This being the case, why haven't they got a re cord who these staff are ? Why won't they disclose them ? It's because it's a secretive society with it's own agenda, which includes controlling freedom of speech. In light of recent attempts at gagging the public, it's pretty obvious that Common Purpose is at work within CYC. If you want to learn more about it, google 'Brian Gerrish' and watch his youtube interviews and lectures. He has been investigating it for 20 years and it is truly shocking how this charity has encouraged brainwashing techniques to use persuasive coercion to engineer changes in views amongst society. These 'graduates' need to be outed, and watched very closely. Rocking Horse

3:09am Fri 27 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

The director’s responsibilities will include ensuring “cost-effectivenes
s” and “effective utilisation of resources”, and finding ways the council can generate income
I have some ideas for generating income... oh but it's "internal applicants only", so no prospect of joe public being able to apply for a job of decent pay like that. Essentially it's a case of those already near the top of the ladder just being shifted sideways from one well-paid "do not a lot job" to another of the same type.... whilst those in frontline services are employed on zero-hours "casual" contracts.
[quote]The director’s responsibilities will include ensuring “cost-effectivenes s” and “effective utilisation of resources”, and finding ways the council can generate income[/quote] I have some ideas for generating income... oh but it's "internal applicants only", so no prospect of joe public being able to apply for a job of decent pay like that. Essentially it's a case of those already near the top of the ladder just being shifted sideways from one well-paid "do not a lot job" to another of the same type.... whilst those in frontline services are employed on zero-hours "casual" contracts. Magicman!

8:25am Fri 27 Dec 13

trailblazer says...

Issues of integrity, something this council does not have. Cronyism abounds in York . The job will already have a name to it. Thats what happens in a City where democracy of the council tax payers has been taken from them by unelected, overpaid, arrogant, directors supported by the elected council of the day. If elections were held today would no longer be in power.
Issues of integrity, something this council does not have. Cronyism abounds in York . The job will already have a name to it. Thats what happens in a City where democracy of the council tax payers has been taken from them by unelected, overpaid, arrogant, directors supported by the elected council of the day. If elections were held today would no longer be in power. trailblazer

3:12pm Fri 27 Dec 13

long distance depressive says...

wallman wrote:
where do I apply for the job at that pay?
You don't, it's already stitched up.
[quote][p][bold]wallman[/bold] wrote: where do I apply for the job at that pay?[/p][/quote]You don't, it's already stitched up. long distance depressive

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