Well, nothing like comparing two similar functions in public sector organisations to see how effectively our tax money is spent. Being new to this blog, thought I’d post my own experience. Here’s two similar roles in two public sector organisations – one Quango, one council.
- Environmental Enforcement Officer with Local Council: £17,000 to £21,000 + council van
- Environment Officer with Environment Agency: £24,287 to £31,591 + lease car (choice of large, medium or small) and phone (both available for personal use – surprisingly true)
- Both similar perks and pensions
Having worked in both roles, can honestly say that Environment Enforcement Officers (local councils) have far greater and more complex workloads than Environment Officers, yet are either underpaid (or Environment Officers overpaid). Being in the private sector now, I’m leaning more towards Environment Officers with the EA being vastly overpaid for the workload and complexity (or lack thereof) compared to Environmental Enforcement Officers with the local councils.
That’s just one job role – many, many more whereby the EA seem to vastly overpay similarly qualified staff with similar levels of workload and workload complexity as equivalent staff in other government bodies. Perhaps a sign that Quango’s just don’t quiet work the same as the civil service when it comes to spending precious public money wisely.
And for final comparison a recent job offer from Darlington Borough Council for Environmental Protection Officer. The pay: £12,050 – £15,137 (£20,083 – £25,228 FT equivalent) – no vehicles provided – similar (same) role in the EA in the same area? Still £24,287 to £31,591 with lease car and phone both available for personal use (surprisingly true).