Barely more than a baker’s dozen of (mostly local) people applied for the £85,000 job of chief executive of Wave Energy Scotland, a newly-created quango set up in Inverness under the aegis of another quango – Highlands Enterprise.
And just five people were interviewed for the post before it was awarded to Tim Hurst, the interim manager internally seconded – and last week confirmed permanently – to the post by his public sector employer… Highlands Enterprise.
This is despite a massive taxpayer-funded recruitment advertising spend of more than £5,000 across the UK, with advertisements being paid for in The Guardian, Imarest, and the websites published by the US-based owners of The Herald and also in The Scotsman and the local newspaper, Press and Journal, as well as on social media websites.
After days of foot-dragging, Highlands enterprise agency quangocrats yesterday belatedly confessed that they spent a total of £5,581 in advertising this influential post – which was in any event awarded to a serving public-sector civil servant.
Mark R Whittet (LLB, BA) Executive Director, Scottish Energy News Ltd, commented: “Prior to launching Scottish Energy News two years ago, I previously served for five years as Director of Scottish Legal News Ltd – a joint venture with the Scottish Legal Action Group – a registered charity.
“The fact that there are now no public-sector recruitment advertisements for legal/ solicitors jobs in rival print media in Scotland is because even the Scottish Government realises that is entirely unable to achieve as much bang for its buck in terms of legal recruitment in high-cost, low-value for money print media compared to the high-value, low-cost opportunities provided in Scottish Legal News and now similarly in Scottish Energy News.
“For example, Atlantis Resources – the tidal power colossus – advertised last year in Scottish Energy News for a number of senior level management roles for its MeyGen tidal turbine array project in the Pentland Firth.
“It is not possible for Scottish Energy News to calculate the number of job applications the Atlantis advertisement generated for our private sector client. But it is possible to say this:
“The recruitment advertisement in Scottish Energy News for Atlantis Resources was downloaded/ opened by more than 300 readers – ie 20 times the number of applications received by Wave Energy Scotland.
“Scotland’s public-sector jobsworths don’t need to have the calculating power of John Napier – the Scots genius who invented logarithms and gave his name to today’s Napier University – to calculate which of these offers the best value for money.”
Wave Energy Scotland continues to squander taxpayers’ cash by advertising for a handful of middle-ranking quango jobs in high-cost, low-value local media – despite the confidential concerns of senior officials at DEET ( Department for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism) at St. Andrew’s House.
See also: http://www.scottishenergynews.com/news/