August 6th, 2014

Government Spending Spinning Out of Control
DfT Advertising for £184,000-a-Year Comms Director

Are you an expert in “cost effective marketing solutions”? Are you capable of “ensuring effective penetration into target markets”? Would you be able to “develop a social and new media strategy”? Then the Department for Transport might have just the job for you.

DfT are offering a budget-busting £770-a-day to their new Director of Communications, which, if he or she works 240 days a year, puts the successful applicant on £184,800. Making them considerably better paid than the Secretary of State. Talk about jumping on the high-speed gravy train…


  1. 1
    Andy Coolsun says:

    Can you work from ‘home’?


  2. 2
    Public Schoolboy says:

    Well I know terms such as ‘Squaring the cost benefit circle’ and ‘lessons we will learn’. Is there anything else one needs to know for the role?


  3. 3
    Executive Summary says:

    ‘ensuring effective penetration into target markets’

    Must speak Urdu, Arabic, and Romanian.


  4. 4
    Socialism Ate My Future... says:

    So imagine as a white Englishman I had wrote this article;

    Would I be deemed a “racist”?


    • 6
      Diane Abbott says:

      W A C I S T !


    • 49
      duty pedant says:

      For that you might even be deemed a racialist.


      • 52
        Socialism Ate My Future... says:

        I quite like that, has a certain Ali G ring to it “I is a racialist” :)


    • 58
      The irony says:

      Bloody white men coming into London!


    • 72
      Bob the broadcaster says:

      If the woman had a clue….

      If her black pals aspire to be as wealthy as the “hipsters” she complains about, they just need to get off their scrounging, thieving arses and get jobs rather than try to sponge a living off those of us who do work.

      The next whine will be that there aren’t any jobs…. There are, but they all assume that the applicants can read, write and speak English. The Hackney blacks can’t achieve any of these three basic skills. That’s partly because they assumed that the world would give them a living and they didn’t want to bother at school, and partly because they insist on speaking a bizarre pseudo-West-Indian patois – when none of them has been west of Hounslow, much less to the Caribbean!


  5. 7
    Nazi Homosexualist says:

    Ze public sector’s size and direct costs represents a very serious drag upon ze economic performance of ze economic region known as England

    My solution is to liquidate ze public sector workforce wiz ze flame throwers and ze extensive deployment of Tabun poison gasses.

    Once zis task is complete, prosperity vill flow quickly to ze vorkers who are supporting zis system

    All subhuman parasite exploiting zis system by claiming to be too ill for labours vill also be liquidated wiz ze flamer throwers and ze large scale Tabun gassings


  6. 8
    Brumrail says:

    Heres an artists look at the planned new HS2 terminus in Bham, site of the old curzon street station…. WTF?


  7. 14
    nell. says:

    And it’s not going to stop at £184k is it? he/she is obviously going to want an extensive staff to support the role in suitable style, plus a fancy headquarters and all the other luxury accoutrements that go with these overpriced government jobs like chauffeur driven jaguar and generous expenses etc. Oh and no doubt they’ll also get a generous relocation allowance to help them move from wherever they’re living into something more plush and upmarket.


    • 24
      Bumservative Partaaay says:

      Standard public sector costing work on around 1.4x salary for the extras, so ~£258k is true cost of this one person. Fucking wet Tories.


      • 60
        inside out says:

        Does Patton need another job?


      • 77
        Fred the pensioner says:

        Why not try offering the job at say 50k? There will doubtless piles of applicants, many/most of whom will do a competent job (at whatever the advertising jargon/US business-school-speak meant).


        • 78
          Fred the pensioner says:

          PS: Surely Ozzie and the Treasury have something to say about this level of excess troughing? Cut their budget by 500k and see how they ‘re-arrange’ matters.


  8. 17

    Another position for a politico trougher. Makes me sick


    • 79
      Yup, spot on says:

      Yup, spot on – makes me sick too. Where do these kvnts get these numbers from? Why did they choose 184,000 rather than 185,000? Who authorised/approved this disgusting level of remuneration for mainly sitting behind a desk day dreaming all day?


  9. 19
    Chuka says:

    No spare bedroom tax for me in my luxury villa.



  10. 25
    Wake up & vote UKIP says:

    Aaargh! FFS the DfT needs a twatter / bookface expert to help empty the trough.


  11. 29
    Cpl Hicks says:

    This sounds perfect for me. What’s the pension like?


    • 48
      The Growler says:

      You wouldn’t even be able to swim in the same pool as them


      • 51
        Cpl Hicks says:

        But you have no idea what I currently do growls.


        • 54
          Sherlock Homes Ltd says:


          1. Not currently in Monaco aboard an Oligarchs yacht – Not an MP
          2. Have lots of time to post on here – Public Sector Worker
          3. Appear to not be Left Wing
          4. Still at work/no summer recess – Not a teacher

          You are a GP of course.

          Or a bin man.


      • 53
        non taxable pikey says:

        I’m a Shark in the pool.

        This is a bloody PR job, if the DfT (or any other business for that matter) was doing its job right then it wouldn’t need a PR person. Director of Communications, oh you mean a Bullshitter, step forward Dave’s token Baroness.


        • 65

          This sounds like a job for ………….PATTEN, tailor made for the twat it would be another feather in his cap off magnificent fuck ups , what are they waiting for ?


          • Odds favour ? says:

            He doesn’t report upwards.

            He seeks quango-type slots, preferably part-time work paid full-time, in which other people report to him, and they do all the work.

            It’s tempting at times to think about how often PC sidelines merit and distorts the work-place these days, as I often do. But think of him, and it’s easier to understand..


  12. 30
    Mrs Speaker Bercow says:

    I’m a Twatter expert. Where do I apply?

    What I don’t know about Twats isn’t worth knowing.


  13. 31
    UKIP for 2015 says:

    Throwing our money around like confetti already, must be for this horrendous waste of money, HS2?


  14. 33
    David Davis says:

    Why. did. I. fuck. up. my. leadership. campaign?

    Aaaaaaaaaaaargh! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarghhhhh! Aaaaaaaargh!


    • 80
      Yup, spot on says:

      Yup, spot on – but go back over the events. You were probably stabbed in the back by your less worthy colleagues. Who allowed Cameroon to speak at that meeting? Why do you think Blair declined to participate in public debates on the telly? Look what happened to Smoked Salmon – threw his aces away talking Scotttybabble.


  15. 35
    Slightly Soiled Scottish Government says:

    Following recent reversal in our strategy, leading Scottish Political Party seeks new raison d’etre once we lose referendum. This will demand fresh leadership and a new team to prise power from the dead political hands of yesterdays men and winnin while hoping the voters dinae notice or care how much we sepnt on this

    Apply to “Scotland Says Feck Off Salmond”, No Independence House, Barnett Formula Way, Glasgae


  16. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Looks like the BBC have money to burn.Are all the payroll BBC presenters on holiday at the same time? #BBCWaste


    • 81
      Fred the pensioner says:

      Do BBC employees have to pay the telly tax – or that a freeby perk in their contracts?


  17. 59
    Save_The_Dave 2015 says:

    Whats the fuss?


  18. 61
    visibly shaken says:

    Anybody who works in “Coms” needs to get a proper job.

    Anybody exec who thinks we need more people in “Coms” is a drag on their organisation.


    • 82
      Fred the pensioner says:

      The comms bods are there to take the flak when the CEO and his mates fuck up. Still not worth nearly 200k to take a bit of shouting at one and lying through their teeth the next.


  19. 67
    Penny Pincher says:

    That’s over 6x £25K Squaddies. Let’s keep things in proportion folks…


  20. 84
    Ivor the Engine says:

    Must be from Australia.


  21. 86
    Paul Nutall of the Ukips says:

    HS2 should be a purely northern development aimed at bringing together Northern Towns and cities.


  22. 88
    Anonymous says:

    “Are you an expert in “cost effective marketing solutions”?”
    No? Then how about a mastery of legerdemain, in terms of creative accounting? No again? So…How familiar are you with the techniques of mass hypnosis?


  23. 89
    Trainspotter says:

    That’s a Deutsche Bahn ICE train if anyone is interested.


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