I've spend a while this morning looking for a job. Not any old job. This one - Environment and Regeneration Director at Kent County Council.
It seems the post has been filled and that doesn't surprise me. When Adam Wilkinson left the £170,000 a year job, after just 12 months in post, he was handed a £365,000 pay-off. His reason for leaving was his dislike of commuting. "I was living in Maidstone during the week and going back (to Yorkshire) at weekends," he said. "It was tiring and stressful."
Since Mr Wilkinson left Kent County Council and returned full-time to live with his family in West Yorkshire, he ran his own consultancy firm for a short time before landing another cosy number as chief executive of Derby City Council on a salary of £160,000.
Seems Mr Wilkinson took a pay cut. He certainly can afford to do so with such a tidy wee nest egg from Kent CC.
I know government cannot interfere in the pay of council officials, but I wonder if the good people of Kent know just how generously their local council is with their council tax.
They do now.