Fear & Loathing
Comment on: Housing 21 chief quits over £32m PFI loss
Doesn't PFI stand for PAY FOR INDEFINITELY? After 30+ years in housing development, I still can't see how it works. It's good profit for the contractors though.
Comment on: Timber-frame blamed for spread of blaze
I remember my HA employers pulling out of a development deal with one of the major house builders back in the early 1980s after a whole row of their timber frame houses ignited after a fire in one property. This is not a new problem. On the other hand timber frame does not seem to have a poor safety reputation in other countries. It is perhaps the old combination of poor design and shoddy British workmanship.
Comment on: Osborne mulls further £6k cut to benefit cap
Careful George or the poor will soon have to rely on their trust funds, they do have investments don't they? The unemployed will have to tighten their belts and cancel their plans for a new duck house on the moat!
Comment on: Risky business
Bet there will be a few directors with generous bonuses and Consultants with fat fees at the end of this debacle.
Comment on: How low can you go?
I was a reasonably well paid housing professional right through the 80s, 90s and the 2000s. I worked for major RSls and developers. I got made redundant in 2009 and eventually got a job in the civil service at less that 50% of my previous salary. In less than a year my salary was frozen.
As a redundant 50 plus job hunter I have now had almost 30 interviews without sucess. I have a postgraduate management qualification and had a long career in development & regeneration. The only thin
Posted in: Ryan Giggs
Who cares anyway? Probably only his wife!
Chasing an inflated pigs bladder round a field seems pretty stupid to me.
Posted in: IS Housing truly an incestious sector?
My experience over the last couple of years is that recruitment practice in RSLs & LA housing departments is often just for show, the job is usually already sown up.
I have been to quite a few interview days where there was one candidate from each ethinic / gender / sexual orientation / age group plus one other. From body language it was easy to see that the one other was well known to the organisation and the rest of them were there just for show.
I had a good career in housing, working in senior roles for councils, RSLs & developers. When I was younger I found that when I went for a job, I usually got it. Now I am the wrong side of 55 however, I find it impossible to get the same type of jobs. As an older age group white male I actually felt discriminated against.
The result is that I have given up on the housing sector and taken my years of experience, training & qualifications to a different sector.
Posted in: Equality is needed for older employees too
As a redundant 50 plus job hunter I have now had almost 30 interviews without sucess. I have a postgraduate management qualification and had a long career in development & regeneration. The only thing that has changed about my employment profile is my age. Is this sheer co-incidence or are some housing organisations covertly favouring younger candidates. Anybody else out there experiencing the same?