The advert, spotted by @SmithTonyD over on twitter, explains: “The DWP has led, and continues to lead, the domestic news agenda. Its policies are debated in all forms of media and it will be your responsibility to ensure the Department’s voice is heard where those discussions are taking place.
Reporting to the Director of Communications, you will take this work on within a fully integrated communications directorate, leading our media relations. You will help to inform policy, advise Ministers, brief the media, and build compelling PR campaigns, whilst ensuring we talk directly and efficiently to our audiences.”
The true nature of the role comes later in the job description, where the DWP ask for someone who can be ‘imaginative’ in their solutions.
Welfare-to-work companies often advise searching out those hidden vacancies, and this was pretty well tucked away. The DWP chose not to advertise the job on their own shambolic Universal Jobmatch website. Concerns have been raised that employers using the bodged government job vacancy site are likely to be swamped as thousands of people apply for jobs they are not qualified for just to meet their jobseeking activity conditions.
The DWP are obviously keen to make sure they themselves dont have to spend hours wading through applications. Luckily claimants can apply via the Guardian jobs website. The salary is a whopping ‘circa £82,000 a year, plus benefits’ (I don’t think that means you can sign on at the same time). All you have to do is be able to lie through your teeth about unemployed and disabled people for money.
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