Friday, June 22, 2007

Contracters at the Passport Office costing £500,000 a week??

A strange and bizarre anonymous SMS message appears in this evening's London Paper which says,

"I work for the Home Office and it spends £1 million a month on contracters. That is taxpayers' money. There 50 people in the passport/ID card department earning £2,000 a day. Worst place I've ever worked"
Yes, the maths is wrong, if the rate is correct it works out to £2m not £1m a month. The question is, is it true?*
* Probably not

9 comments:

AD Scott said...
22 Jun 2007 19:48:00  

Dizzy is the source for this available online? Evening Standard?

dizzy said...
22 Jun 2007 19:51:00  

Afraid not. It's on page 30 of "The London Paper" in their feedback/text sections.

AD Scott said...
22 Jun 2007 19:55:00  

Well clearly these guys must be doing something absolutely fantastic, as they are being paid in line with Premiership footballers. (sarcasm)

dizzy said...
22 Jun 2007 20:01:00  

Indeed. My gut tells me that the person that txted in is disgruntled and any contracters are probably earning 25% of what they say.

Chris Paul said...
22 Jun 2007 22:10:00  

Looks like nonsense. Your headline maths is also shakey, almost Dale-esque, btw.

dizzy said...
22 Jun 2007 22:14:00  

oops.

dizzy said...
22 Jun 2007 22:15:00  

fixed.

I do wonder.. why text into a paper hardly anyone who cares about politics reads though if there is not a hidden truth?

Stuart said...
23 Jun 2007 15:36:00  

Why doesn't someone ask a friendly MP to table a Parliamentary Question?

john b said...
25 Jun 2007 13:27:00  

£2000 per day is £250 per hour, which is approximately the rate at which a strategy consulting firm would bill out relatively junior (1-3 years' experience) consultants.

As it happens, a friend of mine - who is in that position at a strategy consulting firm (not one with which I'm affiliated) - spent some time on secondment to the passport office. Presumably, she was billed out at approximately the usual rate.

(obviously, that doesn't equate to *her* pay, which would be more like £200 a day).

John B


 

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