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ISLINGTON EDUCATION CHIEF'S£70,000 PAY 'TOO LOW'

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Liberal Democrat councillors on Islington LBC are claiming the pay package being offered for the job of chief educa...
Liberal Democrat councillors on Islington LBC are claiming the pay package being offered for the job of chief education officer is too low to attract candidates, reports the Highbury and Islington Express (p10).

Margot Dunn, one of five councillors appointed to a special committee set up to find a new education chief, said the£70,000 salary being offered made the task 'extremely difficult'.

She said: 'We are not offering the kind of money that is standard in surrounding areas. The going rate in£75,000-£80,000.'

The job has been advertised twice in the national media. During the first selection process five people were shortlisted, only for four to drop out before the interview stage. A specialist team of headhunters has now been employed by the council to draw up another shortlist.

Labour councillor Nigel Mason said: 'This job is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to make a name for themselves. We want a candidate who will bring out the best in Islington's schools.'
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