IT’S PC WAD

Twit­ter ex­pert gets paid more than cops

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by JERRY LAW­TON jerry.law­ton@dai­lystar.co.uk

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

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