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974 8 April 2004
Roll up! Roll up!
Here’s a new function, for Politico Pages – politico recruitment! The Fabian Society is currently recruiting for two politico posts – a £30,000 pa Research Director, and a £19,000 pa Editor, for Fabian Review. Both extremely interesting and challenging appointments. You would be right at the heart of Westminster, well connected in Government circles, just minutes from Parliament.
FABIAN SOCIETY - 11
Dartmouth Street London SW1H 9BN
(1) Research Director- £25,000 - £35,000 pa + 6 weeks' holiday, 7% pension contribution
This is a senior role - the second most senior staff post within the organization - and offers the opportunity to make a significant contribution to political and public debate and to the strategic management of the Fabian Society. As well as overseeing our research programme, the postholder will manage the Society's events team and the researchers working on our flagship Life Chances Commission as well as playing a crucial role in generating future partnership opportunities for the Society.
We are likely to appoint at Research Director level (salary scale £25,000 - £30,000) with the possibility of developing the successful candidate in post and promoting to Deputy General Secretary (salary scale £30,000 - £35,000) later on. However, exceptionally well-qualified candidates with significant prior experience of research and staff management may be considered to join the staff at Deputy General Secretary level.
(2) Editorial Manager, and Fabian Review Editor - £17,500 - £19,500 pa + 6 weeks' holiday, 7% pension contribution
Longer Notice periods are key
The City continues to be racked by disputes over Board remuneration. But those debates contain the key to a more equitable system of job security for everyone. The denizens of the City have much to teach the rest of us.
Attention has focused in particular on the contractual notice-periods which executive Board members have been awarded, or awarded themselves.The reason? In the case of redundancy (e.g. a hostile takeover) each senior manager must receive in compensation at least the pay due for his notice-period. Thus it had become common for two- and three-year notice clauses to be included in senior contracts of employment, just as it has with football-club managers.
Shareholders have been outraged, and stung into protest. The latest casualty is the Tesco Chief Executive Terry Leahy, who has had his two-year notice period cut to one-year. But when it comes to reasonable notice, every worker should have it.
After all, nobody really believes in literaljob security any more. Jobs change, fashion changes, the ebb and flow of competition generates more frequent changes. We all realise that. What we all need is a reasonable opportunity to handle job loss without undue disruption to life and family – that’s all. That is what these fat-cat City Directors have got, in spades – even with their cut-backs to one-year’s notice.