What Arts Council England are paying a researchermain
The job has just been tweeted.
It’s £51,000 for a 35-hour week.
Admittedly, the job is described as Director, Research & Knowledge, but from what I can tell it’s no more than a glorified researcher, calling in papers and pushing them around for the satisfaction of a complacent bureaucracy.
You may rest assured that no such sinecure was devised by Maynard Keynes for the Arts Council, nor did it exist before the bloated Blair years – since when the council’s primary aim has been to protect its own jobs.
The very job title is redundant. It is the duty of every Arts Council official to familiarise him or herself with conditions in their art form and report the conclusions back to base so that subsidy can be fairly and efficiently assessed.
A director of research and knowledge, working seven hours a day (and you can bet they will clock-watch) is exactly what the arts do not need in these cost-cutting times – the more so when most people I know in the arts are working 12-14 hour days, minimum, and for less pay.
It’s everything that’s wrong with ACE in a tweet.