Ah, community workers – a group which seems to have rocketed in numbers ever since paramilitarism came to an end. I am certain that there is NO connection between these facts; However…
“Most Londonderry community workers paid out of the Department of Social Development’s (DSD) Neighbourhood Renewal fund earned more than the average wage between 2009 and 2011 with one state funded employee taking home a handsome £41k-£44k.”
What a stroke of good fortune for them!
The Sentinel can reveal that hundreds of state-funded community workers were being paid more than what the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) calculated to be the median gross annual income in the city in 2010 (£18,699). And the paper has learned that dozens of community workers in the city earned between £10k and £20k more than this median wage over 2009/10 and 2010/11 alone. One post at the Resource Centre in Carnhill was listed by DSD as having an annual salary payband of £41k-£44k. The Londonderry Travellers Support Group is also listed as having a top job paying £34k-£37k from the public purse. Almost twenty other community workers were paid salaries whose pay bands hit the £30k mark at least at the upper limit.”
Wow – if you want to get on, get in on the Community work. It seems to be where the cash is being directed. Some of this cash goes not just to these hard working individuals but also to vita projects like the Bloody Sunday Trust Museum of Free Derry (£27k-£28k) which attracts salaries in the high £20k range. Well, it’s NOT as if we are in a recession and these are clearly all key posts. Cough.