Even £9.8m on consultants can't get UK.gov network push underway
Brussels beurocrats block
BT BDUK broadband boost
The government's push to increase boraband speeds across the UK has so far signed off a massive £9.8m bill for 70 consultants over the past two years and four months, it has been revealed.
Broadband minister Ed Vaizey, responding to a Parliamentary question from shadow Culture Secretary Helen Goodman late last week, told MPs that his department had spent that cash on "external consultants (approximately 70, including interims) employed at some stage on either a full time or part time basis by Broadband Delivery UK [BDUK] since May 2010 and up to 30 September 2012".
This means each consultant received on average £140,000.
Meanwhile, complaints continue to mount about the feasibility of Culture Secretary Maria Miller's plans to deploy broadband networks carrying speeds of at least 2Mbit/s to most parts of the UK by 2015, as the national incumbent BT remains the only company bagging any of the BDUK contracts.
A row with stick-in-the-mud competition officials in Brussels has prevented any physical work from getting underway in Blighty because state aid must by Euro rules be swarded through a competitive process - and the eurocrats are unconvinced that there has been any genuine competition for much of the BDUK cash.
In the meantime, consultants working on the BDUK project - which has £680m government funds allocated during this Parliament - have been raking in an average of £834 per day, Vaizey told Goodman.
He added: "External consultants are employed on a range of terms including full and part-time employment over a variable number of days per year." ®
"I know a the difference between kilobits and kilobytes.."
Now, if you'd said you knew the difference between engagement and empowerment....
You get what you pay for...
The figures quoted are for a 28 month period. £140K is over 28 months. That equates to an avg of £60K per year. Assuming 200 days per year that's £300 per day. That's damn cheap for a consultant.
If the adage "you get what you pay for" is to hold true, that's 70 cheap and nasty consultants. Little wonder, then, that the progress has been as poor as it has.
"each consultant received on average £140,000."
so thats *minimum* 70k over two years. Nice work if you can get it.
they must be really clever consultants.
I know a the difference between kilobits and kilobytes - should i have applied?