A council which claims it’s trying to save money to the tune of £20 million in the next year has decided to splurge £10,000 on an outright bizarre website in a bid to recruit.
Brighton and Hove City Council has paid consultants the fee to design the website SayNoToStatusQuo.co.uk, which it hopes will help it recruit candidates to fill just four new strategic director roles.
The site, emblazoned with the words “Status Quo fans need not apply” in glittering gold lettering is aimed at finding candidates who have a “radical” approach and a penchant for cash.
A message on the website reads: “Forget how it’s always been done, we’re rewriting the book on Local Government, shaping and transforming how we deliver services…You’ll have unprecedented scope to make the big decisions and deliver city-wide change.”
However Brighton and Hove may not be breaking the status quo as much as it thinks, as the UK supreme court just splashed out £360,000 on a rookie website that didn’t get tendered.
Each role carries the salary of £125,000. For this the the recruits will have to secure “value for money” within the council – which we guess doesn’t include taking paycuts, and may or may not include commissioning expensive and basic websites. They will replace the previous team of six directors, who were each paid an average of £100,000.
Alex Knutsen, branch secretary of Unison’s Brighton and Hove branch, described the council’s move as a total waste of money.
He told the Metro newspaper: “There are five talented directors, plus one acting director, already doing a good job. The whole recruitment process is bound to cost at least £10,000.
“And all this when the council is trying to make £20 million cuts in the next year.”