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by | 29th, December 2005

‘SITUATION VACANT: Council seeks talented individual to head up its new pantomime studies programme. Some knowledge of wheelie bins an advantage.

Working for the public sector has never been so easy. Mines close and small businesses go to the wall but the public sector keeps on booming.

As the Sun says, 23,000 new public sector jobs were created last year. Six million people now work in the public sector, 650,000 more than when Labour came to power in 1997. That’s a rise of 13 per cent. That’s progress.

And there really is something for everyone. If panto studies are not your bag (oh, yes they are), the Sun highlights a few other jobs that have been advertised in the past 12 months.

Would you like to be the Director of Understanding and Enjoyment in the New Forest? This job commands a salary of £50,000 and more leaves than you can shake a taxus baccata (yew) stick at.

What about a £25,000 Street Scene Outreach Officer for Enfield Council? Don’t let the complicated job title put you off – chances are no-one knows what it means, least of all the council’s new Head of Job Title Names and Badges who dreamt it up.

Or there’s the Compost Development Officer in Scotland. On a basic salary of £26,000, you will examine ways in which Scotland can be turned into mulch and sprinkled on gardens in the south east of England.

But whatever the council job, it’s well paid. As the Sun says, the average salary is £35,000 — while the private sector average is £25,000.

Add to this information the news that many state posts have a 37-hour week, 31 days holiday, and £1,000 loyalty bonuses after 12 months and it’s time to rethink your own career path.

If you don’t already work for the council or Government, it’s high time you did. And you can’t find the right job for you, just tell the powers that be.

How does Head of [insert own name here] Studies at the adult education centre grab you?’

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