Pounds 25,000 - It's What a Council Is Paying to Fill a Job

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), December 6, 2005 | Go to article overview

Pounds 25,000 - It's What a Council Is Paying to Fill a Job


Byline: By Peter Young

A council is facing further criticism over the use of consultants ( this time to fill a senior management job.

Liberal Democrat controlled Newcastle Council is using recruitment consultants to help find a new director of regeneration ( at a cost of pounds 25,000.

Council leaders say they must ensure they get the right person to help steer through multi-million pound regeneration plans.

But Labour critics say the council should have enough expertise to make the appointment without outside help.

The council is facing mounting criticism over the cost of using consultants for a range of tasks, including job recruitment, public consultations and to provide financial support.

The council is using Gatenby Sanderson, described as a leading national executive search and selection consultancy, specialising in public sector recruitment.

Deputy Labour council leader, Coun Nick Forbes, said: "It's a worrying trend with consultants being brought in at the drop of a hat instead of the council doing the work in-house."

The present regeneration director, Steve Dunlop, is joining British Waterways, in Scotland, as a director.

The pay scale for the Newcastle job is pounds 90,480 to pounds 104,982. Coun Forbes said: "People will be queuing to come to Newcastle, particularly for that money.

"This should be done in-house unless there are exceptional circumstances or there is particular difficulty filling the post. …

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