(33340679) OVERSIGHT of highly paid civil service roles is ‘lacking’, a former Senator has said following a Government of Jersey job advert for a cycling officer being listed with a near-£70,000 salary.
Ben Shenton said that taxpayers were becoming increasingly frustrated at the salaries being offered for certain public sector roles.
Mr Shenton said the Isle of Man looked to recruit someone for a similar role in 2021 – with the post being advertised as an ‘active travel liaison officer’ – but offered a limited, two-year contract and a salary of between £22,937 and £28,053.
‘This is a specific job to reach a specific target,’ Mr Shenton said. ‘In no way is this a long-term appointment at this rate of pay.’
And he pointed out the cycling officer role was actually one of three linked positions the government wanted to fill, all in the same salary band. The other vacancies include the role of sustainable transport projects engineer and senior transport planner development control.
‘When you review public sector jobs in Jersey you need to add around 20% to cover the generous pension contribution and employer social security. The cost to the taxpayer is always 20% higher than the advertised rate,’ Mr Shenton said.
He added: ‘The band on the cycling officer is up to £69,137. Therefore, the cost of these three roles could be around £230,000.‘The oversight, which is so lacking, is supposed to come from the politicians we elect, particularly the ministers. The expansion of the public sector, and the over remuneration of […]