A couple of city council jobs currently on offer to compare and contrast…
First up, we have a Night Care Assistant required at Concord Lodge, a residential assessment unit for adults who have learning difficulties and who may present “a challenge”. The salary for this post is just £12,372 a year or around £6.34 an hour.
For this magnificent sum, paying barely a pound an hour above the minimum wage and at least £5 an hour less than the alleged average wage, you must work nights and take on the responsibility to “consistently ensure residents health, safety, dignity, privacy and independence is promoted”.
Perhaps then, you might prefer to try your luck as an Equalities and Community Cohesion Officer in the Chief Executive’s Department? You can start on a cool £29,859 or £15.31 an hour – way above the alleged average wage.
And what massive responsibilities do you have to take on to earn this considerable sum? Er, just organise some work placements in the council for black and disabled people!
It’s revealing that this job ad in what the Chief Exec now instructs us to call “equalities and social cohesion” makes no mention of economic inequalities or – I better whisper it – class inequalities.