The first thing you do when trying to control spending in a near bankrupt company is to stop hiring people.
Looking at the Jobs pages this week-end, the public sector still thinks it can hire as many as it likes to do as little as it likes.
Take the case of Aberdeen City Council. They advertised for a:
Director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure £107,000
Project Director, Economic and Business Development £90,000
Director of Housing and Environment £107,000
Director of Corporate Governance £107,000
Director of Education £107,000
That’s more than £500,000 in salaries, before you add on the NI, benefits in kind, pensions, secretaries and the rest and before they put in their expenses. You could certainly take 20% off that lot by amalgmating two of the posts into one. The first three will be tripping over each other one many a project and making it slower and dearer. Can’t they make do with the people they have already got, promoting the odd one if they need to fill a major post?
Or take the case of the Environment Agency. They are advertising for regional Directors on packages of up to £110,000 each. They dare not tell us how many they want to hire. Most of us would like them to spend the money they have earmarked for that on some work to ease the flooding problems. Let’s have none of these.
At a time when manufacturing comapnies in the West Midlands are having to sack many people to be able to pay the rates and the other mandatory taxes, is it a good idea for Advantage West Midlands to be recruiting a Corporate Director Resources for a six figure salary, or for the West Midlands Manufacturing Advisory Service to be offering more than £90,000 a year for a Chief Executive? Manufacturing companies need orders, not advice paid for out of ever rising taxes. Stop this waste.