Clegg'n'Cameron seek Director of Digital
£142k for a Twitter Tsar! #cushylittlenumber
Applicants for the government's new post of "Director of Digital" need to get a wriggle on - to be in by 20 April.
The £142,000 a year gig has been dubbed the position of Twitter Tsar by just about everyone. But the government's Digital Champion Martha Lane-Fox said the job is much more than that, according to er, Twitter.
Part of the job will involve the government's pointless plan to somehow put its web services onto one domain. It seems they mean one website, rather than on the .gov domain.
The job spec is written in the appealing mixture of civil service jargon and management consultantese which we so love.
The Cabinet Office is looking for "an exceptional candidate to fill the new and exciting role of Executive Director of Digital to lead the implementation of the Coalition Government's new digital strategy".
You will need "proven credibility in transformation through the delivery of digital channels and engagement".
You don't need any language skills, beyond deciphering the advert, but you will need to "champion the citizen/end user through the implementation of the Coalition Government's digital strategy".
You will also need to complete a Criminal Record Bureau check, but you don't need to be a UK national.
The Coalition lost Andrew Stott, its previous director of digital engagement, at the end of last year. He was replaced by interim director Katie Davies who was previously at the Identity and Passport Service.
In not unrelated news, the deputy director of the government's so-called G-Cloud programme has quit in favour of a job at VMware.
"In my new role I will contine to work in the Cloud Computing sector," said Andrew Tait, who El Reg plans to catch up with early next month.
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I predict that this is going to be yet more squandering of public money.
"The job spec is written in the appealing mixture of civil service jargon and management consultantese..."
So what are they going to get? Anyone decent will be rejected because they can't talk the talk at the interview or put their qualifications in management-speak on their CV. What are you left with? Mates of Cameron and Clegg and the bullshitting gobs whose primary motivation is the smell of the £142K in their bank account. They will produce a totally incomprehensible 1000-page report in management consultantese after a year in the job, have all their mates in the department being paid no less than £60K and the taxpayer will fork out at least £5 million.
Short term thinking
Infects the entire political class.
[sarcasm follows, calm down...]
How about we elect for 10 years, and if they did a good job, give them a good pension and let them go free.
Bad job, we string em up.
It'd focus the mind beyond the next 6 months and prevent the jobs for the boys type thinking.
Successful applicant needed ASAP, like, you know NOW
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