Expensive consultants

Posted August 28, 2011 by Alex Scott

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The use of consultants to fill public service jobs is a constant bugbear for most of us. Late last week we came across a corker.

Instead of having a worker act up in a role while the person was on leave, one public sector authority decided to bring in a prestigious consulting firm to do the job. While having someone act up would have cost them around $2000 all up the consultants charged over $2000 per day. Instead of paying $2,000, they paid $57,000.

This is one of the worst examples of misuse of consultants that we've seen in recent times. With that said, we have an inkling it's not an isolated incident. Consultants are misused across the sector all the time.

If you have a horror story about consultants being misused please let me know. I'm not going to start a witch-hunt, but it would be interesting to get a full picture of what's been going on across the sector. [Email me your tales of where expensive consultants have been used needlessly.]

Having been around the public service a long time I know that sometimes it's necessary to bring in experts from outside but it becomes dangerous (and expensive) when they are used as a first port of call to replace public servants and internal expertise.

I thought I'd share this story with you. Let me know your thoughts.

Yours in union,

Alex Scott


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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