MONITORING of highly paid civil service roles is ‘missing’, a former senator has claimed following a Jersey government job offer for a listed cycling officer with a salary of nearly £70,000.
Ben Shenton said taxpayers were growing frustrated with the salaries being offered for certain public sector roles.
Mr Shenton said the Isle of Man was looking to recruit someone for a similar role in 2021 – the post being advertised as an ‘active travel liaison’ – but was offering a limited two-year contract and a salary of between £22,937 and £. 28,053.
“It’s about specific work to achieve a specific goal,” Mr. Shenton said. “This is by no means a long-term appointment at this rate of pay.”
And he pointed out that the cycling officer role was actually one of three linked positions the government wanted to fill, all within the same salary range. Other vacancies include the role of Sustainable Transportation Projects Engineer and Senior Transportation Planner Development Control.
“When you look at public sector jobs in Jersey you have to add around 20% to cover the generous pension contribution and employer social security. The cost to the taxpayer is still 20% higher than the advertised rate,” Mr. Shenton said.
He added: ‘The cycling officer’s group is £69,137. Therefore, the cost of these three roles could be around £230,000.
“The control, which is so lacking, is supposed to come from the politicians we elect, especially ministers. The expansion of the public sector and the overpayment of certain positions not only cause discontent within the public sectors in areas that are not overpaid, but also inevitably lead to higher taxation and greater public debt.
The official job description calls for someone with an engineering background. “You should have work experience promoting or active travel plans, a degree-level education and an academic background in transportation planning or highway engineering,” the advert for the 12th grade civil service role year, offering a salary of between £62,905 and £69,137 a year, states.
Highlighting the role on his Facebook page, Mr Shenton questioned whether it was a prudent use of taxpayers’ money, attracting more than 80 comments on his post, which was also widely shared.
“This is crazy,” noted one commenter. “Remind me, how much does a nurse earn? »
When asked to comment, a government spokesperson referred to the detailed specifications of the role.
“For clarity, the job is not to teach people to ride a bike, but to support the Government of Jersey’s sustainable transport policy as lead engineer, to promote programs for better cycling infrastructure and to contribute to the behavioral change needed to achieve net zero emissions.
“The post is for a qualified transport planner, road or civil engineer at a chartered level. The role will specifically lead the development and delivery of infrastructure projects identified under the active travel plan,” the spokesperson said.
But Mr Shenton said Jersey seemed to continually pay inflated salaries for civil service roles.
“I have not only noticed a number of public sector jobs that are better paid than the private sector, but also jobs that pay much more than other public sectors,” he said. “In addition, for higher paying appointments, we use London-based employment agencies, which is a vote of no confidence in the abilities of Jersey-based employment and human resources firms.”