Leaders recruit £28k assistant
CITY council leader Mohammed Pervez is recruiting a new 'executive assistant'.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is hiring the new officer to help manage the leader and deputy leaders' diaries, reply to their emails and screen their phone calls.
A previous secretarial role which covered the responsibilities has been left vacant following an internal job switch.
The new post, which carries a higher salary of up to £28,000, is advertised as a temporary role for an initial six months.
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The salary may be downgraded as part of the imminent budget review.
Opposition City Independents have questioned why the vacancy is being filled at all when the authority is preparing to make up to £50 million more budget cuts over two years.
Council spokesman Maureen Eastgate said: "The job is a re-engineered existing job, not a new job.
"The job was advertised at no cost to the council by using our own websites, therefore we feel it has been managed in an appropriate way."