IT’S PC WAD
Twitter expert gets paid more than cops
A POLICE force wants to pay a computer whiz £28,353-a-year to tweet about crime-fighting.
That’s thousands more than the officers who actually face criminals.
Force chiefs in Dorset are advertising for a £545-a-week civilian worker to look after their social media pages, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The wages are far higher than the £18,450 starting salary for a Pc with the force.
It is even more than the £25,269 a frontline officer would be taking home after three years in the job.
One serving bobby who spotted the wage difference in the ad said: “It makes you feel pretty under-valued when they want to pay an officebound worker a bigger wage for riding a keyboard all day and writing about the stuff that frontline cops are doing in the field.
“A serving officer with three years’ experience should not be earning less than someone sat in a cosy office whose biggest risk is stubbing their toes getting up from their desk.’’
A Dorset Police spokesman said: “Any successful applicant will need to have a significant amount of expertise and professional knowledge in the use of social media platforms and the starting salary reflects this.
“Police officer salaries are set in accordance with national police recruitment.”
SOCIAL CONTRACT: Wage beats officer pay