Cornwall Council has come under fire for creating “unnecessary” jobs with salaries of more than £40,000 per year.
The council is currently looking for a ‘change manager’ who will “help drive the development of a high engagement change culture and lead on the identification, development and embedding of major corporate change initiatives”.
The permanent job in the chief executive’s office at County Hall comes in at a salary of up to £42,032 a year.
The campaign group the TaxPayers’correct Alliance slammed the council for its “jargon-filled job ads with big price tags”.
The advertisement for the change manager role said: “As a member of the new change and engagement team within the people and organisational development service you will help drive the development of a high engagement change culture and lead on the identification, development and embedding of major corporate change initiatives, turning good ideas into sustainable outcomes.”
Sonia Khan, campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Cornish taxpayers expect their money to be spent on delivering effective services, not on unnecessary jobs.
“The council's focus should be on getting the most from the resources they have rather than placing jargon-filled job ads with big price tags.
“It's time for council chiefs to launch a war on waste by prioritising frontline services and ensuring that taxpayers receive better value for their money.”
The West Briton asked Cornwall Council to clarify what the role would involve.
Dawn Aunger , head of people and organisational development, said the person employed would take responsibility for delivering projects which are part of the council's programme to achieve £196 million of savings over the next five years.
She said: “This is a senior role working as a project manager for some of the most complex strategic change programmes in the council - often involving multi-million pound budgets.
“The postholder will be working alongside corporate directors, elected members and our wider public sector partners. Previous projects worked on by similar posts include the enterprise resource planning (ERP) project and the One Cornwall unitary programme which has saved tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money.”