Agency boss costs East Sussex County Council £1,101/day

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A council spent more than £300,000 on agency staff in 10 months.

Two “interim managers” were paid more than £1,000 a day by East Sussex County Council, while their “head of communications” was paid more than £50,000 for just 83 days’ work.

In total, seven staff were hired by the council on a temporary basis supplied by an agency between January 1 and October 31 this year.

Top of the pay scale was the director of property, who was paid £1,043 a day over 24.5 days, costing £25,552 in total.

He was joined by the director of corporate resources, who was on £1,101 a day and worked 17 days, |racking up a bill for the council of £18,721.

The council has defended the use of agency staff on these salaries, stating that their work would ensure savings in the future.

Leatham Green, head of personnel and training at East Sussex County Council, said: “We’ve employed a small number of interim managers to help us deliver changes to our team structures and budget savings.

'Cost effective'

“Both the interim director of resources and head of communications were employed to manage major projects that will help to deliver the savings we want to achieve over the next three years. We believe our use of consultants across the organisation is both appropriate and cost effective.”

A spokesman for the East Sussex branch of Unison said: “Unison frequently questions the introduction of external appointments on an interim basis and challenges the cost effectiveness of such posts against the salary and on-costs of appointing to the post permanently.

“Some of the posts mentioned have been part-time cover while ongoing permanency plans are being made but we would question, always, where such appointments exceed the costs of individuals within the council acting up etc.

“The union is not wholly against some of the other temporary measures that have been applied such as using the South East Service Partnership to share senior knowledge and costs as this has been shown to reduce the overall staffing costs of such senior posts and has then kept in place jobs at the low end of the salary scale.”

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7:18pm Mon 10 Dec 12

dingdong2 says...

What a joke - why should anyone be earning more than the prime minister for an interim manager post in a council.

There are plenty of perfectly well qualified people who would take the job for a lot less than that.

Its time councils had their salaries fixed by the government
What a joke - why should anyone be earning more than the prime minister for an interim manager post in a council. There are plenty of perfectly well qualified people who would take the job for a lot less than that. Its time councils had their salaries fixed by the government dingdong2
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7:25pm Mon 10 Dec 12

notaconspiracy says...

It's normal for lots of companies to use temporary contract staff.

The daily rates seem high but they often work out cheaper because they leave at the end of their contract, so no pension, holiday pay, sick pay, etc.
It's normal for lots of companies to use temporary contract staff. The daily rates seem high but they often work out cheaper because they leave at the end of their contract, so no pension, holiday pay, sick pay, etc. notaconspiracy
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7:46pm Mon 10 Dec 12

mimseycal says...

It does seem ludicrously and unjustifiably high.
It does seem ludicrously and unjustifiably high. mimseycal
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8:54pm Mon 10 Dec 12

leobrighton says...

Who's surprised? Pigs with their noses in the trough yet again
Who's surprised? Pigs with their noses in the trough yet again leobrighton
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9:42pm Mon 10 Dec 12

PorkBoat says...

Had enough yet? When will you reach your tipping point? When you find out what your "betters" really have been getting up to for years and years, and getting away with, with the help of their friends, will it be enough for you to do something? We have been fed a diet of lies and secrecy all our lives. Those secrets and lies are only just starting to emerge, and nothing can stop them spilling out now. Those rumours you have been hearing are just the tip of the iceberg. You won't find the answers in The Argus or on the BBC. Clock's ticking, tick, tock.
Had enough yet? When will you reach your tipping point? When you find out what your "betters" really have been getting up to for years and years, and getting away with, with the help of their friends, will it be enough for you to do something? We have been fed a diet of lies and secrecy all our lives. Those secrets and lies are only just starting to emerge, and nothing can stop them spilling out now. Those rumours you have been hearing are just the tip of the iceberg. You won't find the answers in The Argus or on the BBC. Clock's ticking, tick, tock. PorkBoat
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9:53pm Mon 10 Dec 12

B G Gruff says...

you would have thought someone could 'act up' to the post.And how come no one has put a post up asking me to sign a totally unrelated petition yet?
you would have thought someone could 'act up' to the post.And how come no one has put a post up asking me to sign a totally unrelated petition yet? B G Gruff
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10:12pm Mon 10 Dec 12

sussexram40 says...

Better for someone senior who already works there to act up for a while I woud have thought. Someone new coming in can't be very efficient, it takes quite a long time in a job before you have an in depth knowledge of everything. Don't see how someone can just come in on a temporary short term basis and be in a position to make any sensible changes really, however smart they are.
Better for someone senior who already works there to act up for a while I woud have thought. Someone new coming in can't be very efficient, it takes quite a long time in a job before you have an in depth knowledge of everything. Don't see how someone can just come in on a temporary short term basis and be in a position to make any sensible changes really, however smart they are. sussexram40
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11:53pm Mon 10 Dec 12

trystero says...

Only surprised that (so far) nobody's blamed The Greens, cyclists, students, traffic wardens, travellers, squatters, "foreigners" and/or Gordon Brown for this....
Only surprised that (so far) nobody's blamed The Greens, cyclists, students, traffic wardens, travellers, squatters, "foreigners" and/or Gordon Brown for this.... trystero
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1:12am Tue 11 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

and they keep bleeting theres n
and they keep bleeting theres n funkyyoyo
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1:14am Tue 11 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

and they keep bleeting theres no money for services within the community,gee they must be all thick as ship! or taking the piff,probably both!!!
and they keep bleeting theres no money for services within the community,gee they must be all thick as ship! or taking the piff,probably both!!! funkyyoyo
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9:50am Tue 11 Dec 12

Hoarder12345444 says...

This is disgusting. How can anyone be worth 1000 pounds a DAY! That is around £125 an hour! That is insane money. When budgets are tight and they do that. Can the council explain what the jobs are and why they cost such an exhorbitant amount?
This is disgusting. How can anyone be worth 1000 pounds a DAY! That is around £125 an hour! That is insane money. When budgets are tight and they do that. Can the council explain what the jobs are and why they cost such an exhorbitant amount? Hoarder12345444
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