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Make a difference, join the BDUK and shape broadband improvements
Monday 21 October 2013 14:24:17 by Andrew Ferguson

It looks like the BDUK is on a serious recruitment drive and just maybe is not going to rely so much on expensive contractors, the new roles are unlikely to make any significant difference to the current projects which are like a slow steamroller where we simply waiting for them to deliver now. Though some of the roles will be working with these existing 44 projects to monitor/audit delivery.

The various jobs on offer are:

  • Broadband Deputy Commercial Director, up to £120,000
  • Broadband Commercial Support, c£50,000
  • Broadband Procurement Lead, up to £120,000
  • Implementation Technical Support Lead, c£80,000
  • Implementation Technical Support Adviser, c£50,000 - £60,000
  • Broadband Value for Money Adviser, c£50,000 - £60,000

The biggest difference these new roles are likely to have is shaping the work to extend beyond the notional 90% by 2015 to reach 95% superfast coverage across the UK in 2017 and pushing this as far as 99% in 2018. This area is the one where lots of arguing is going on, delivering more competition is something the Government is keen to see being achieved, but how this is achieved in an EU State Aid environment is unclear, any project funded effectively becomes a mini-monopoly in an area, so while it is possible to improve on the monopoly where BT has won all the current BDUK contracts. The Super Connected cities has found one solution, no big single contract, but lots of vouchers to get around the aid rules.

Comments

Posted by herdwick over 3 years ago
Expensive contractors or expensive London based employees, does it matter ? Easier to change the former.
Posted by gerarda over 3 years ago
Didn't BDUK sack their last value for money advisor for advising councils that BT were overcharging them?
Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
What exactly is the "99% by 2018" target? One hopes it is not the current roll-out (?15mb min?)using FTTC since to get any EU funding presumably we will need to be completely re-engineering the system to deliver 30mb to everyone and 100mb to 50% by 2020?
Posted by themanstan over 3 years ago
Publicising commercial in confidence material meant that he was no longer a viable employee.
Not one commercial entity will talk to you breach confidentiality agreements.
Whilst VM and Fujitsu may have rubbed their hands with glee, they still would have refused to discuss any commercially sensitive issues with an organisation retaining an employee who had broke any confidentiality agreement.
Posted by fenlandbroadband over 3 years ago
Why are these jobs paying so much? Are they the industry rates?
Posted by Dixinormous over 3 years ago
These are reasonable pay rates if they want people who are actually good, yes fenlandbroadband.

They could pay less for people who can blag a bit here and there but they have to offer a reasonable rate to get people to move from their current positions to these ones.

I know of a couple of people who think they are qualified for the Technical Lead position though I'd very much hope neither of them get it as they just don't have the skills, it's a very specialised skill set they need you'd only find in telcos and equipment manufacturers.
Posted by Hedjam over 3 years ago
Presumably this is a broadband "up to", so up to £120,000 could in fact mean £58,200 as set out in http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/entry/experienced-professionals
Posted by chrysalis over 3 years ago
high salaries.
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