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Psst, Want a Well Paid Public Sector Job in the Property Field asks Lawrenson of LetttingFocus.com

Everyone knows that the public sector is the only bit of the economy expanding right now.
So much so that a flood of new graduates want to be civil servants too
And who can blame them?
Compared to the private sector, the public sector pays more (on average), offers longer holidays, has more job security and when you come to retire it pays a tidy final salary pension underwritten by the taxpayer. Who would not want a job there right now?
So here are some great jobs I saw advertised in the Sunday Times of 15th Feb.
A new public sector body (yes another one) has been set up called The Tenant Services Authority (TSA) which will have the job of “championing the needs of people in affordable housing”
There are 7 jobs advertised in the paper which involve you “managing relationships”, “preparing standards” and the like.
All are in Manchester (or London) and all pay…. wait for it… between up to £80K and £95K.
Now I know Manchester has some really posh bits down Hale Barnes and Alderley Edge Way but crikey, that really must put you in the top 5% of earners in the City that Gave Us Decent Music and Football As Played by British Players. (Ok, so do West Ham and Villa, I know, I know!)
A lot of the work looks like it will involve working with housing associations.
Well, I have one suggestion for the highly paid people who get these posts – which they can start on right away.
They could stop the silly nonsense whereby each of the private sector leasing schemes (for landlords wishing to let their properties for long terms to social housing providers) that are ran by local authorities and housing associations each have a multitude of different standards and procedures.
Centralise and streamline the whole process and make each body operate in broadly the same way.
You will save us taxpayers a bomb – and maybe even pay back those big pay packages too.

PETE THE POLISH PLUMBER STILL HERE
Remember the papers predicted that in April last year there was going to be a rush for the exit as landlords cashed in their properties to take advantage of lower CGT rates. Well, that did not happen.
A few months ago the same papers told us that landlords would now suffer as their many Central and East Europeans tenants headed home because the falling pound had now made the UK unattractive for them.
And if you watched the BBC news today you could be forgiven for thinking that there was a flood of people going back. But actually all that has happened is that the numbers coming in has slowed.
The same official figures now show 6.5 million people born overseas were resident in the UK in the year to June 2008, an increase of a whopping 290,000 on the year to June 2007.
People are not going home because because the economy of Poland and many other places in the rest of Europe are in an even worse state than the UK.
For example, the FT reported that Latvia is expected to soon have near 50% unemployment.
New landlords soon find they have to get used to the fact that the papers eternally predict the demise of letting as a business.
I advise you to treat such predictions with caution.
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I’m David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com - the landlord and property letting advice experts. Read More Articles on Property by David Lawrenson.
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