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Easy to catch ’em, easypeasy

Council employees with second jobs are being investigated by a government fraud squad after staff were caught “moonlighting” while working from home.

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is looking at the practice of “multiple contract working”, where an employee misleadingly holds down two or more jobs at the same time.

Just look for any sign of actual work being done. If found this is proof perfect that they’re not doing their council job.

10 thoughts on “Easy to catch ’em, easypeasy”

  1. What proportion of the Government Fraud Squad consists of people moonlighting from other public sector employment?

    How many “jobs” can be done simultaneously while wearing pyjamas?

  2. Tim, I was just contemplating the sixth (seventh? I don’t count or use these things) colour coded recycling bin the council sent me, unasked.

    I just want them to collect my bins every week, but they have a better idea. They want me to spend hours of my time rifling through my own garbage and sorting it into pitifully small, definitely not Family Size colourful containers like some kind of hungry tramp on the Crystal Maze. I have to pay them several hundred quid a month to play this game, mind.

    We compromise by me black bagging everything and dumping it at the tip.

    So I was shocked and appalled to hear that my local council staff might have to work for a living.

    That’s Tory Austerity for you, eh?

  3. @TMB: How many “jobs” can be done simultaneously while wearing pyjamas?

    Isn’t it 13 in the case of George Osborne?

  4. Plenty more at the fire station if they want to catch more. Not actually at the fire station, but putting up wallpaper and doing gardens in the local area.

  5. Having employed any number of second jobbing council workers, tell me about it

    One of them told me a revealing story.
    A qualified & experienced welder on the rigs, he’d gone for a job on the council as same because he needed to be ashore for personal reasons. His first day he was given a drawing of a pair of gates to make. So he went to the store & drew the requisite steel, marked out the plan on the floor, cut his steel to lengths, laid it out & welded up. Went to find the foreman to see what he be doing after lunch. Foreman went batshit. Told him to cut it up & lose in the scrap before anyone saw it. It was booked in as a week’s work.

  6. Post IR35 to make serious money in IT is to work multiple jobs from home. The recruiters mostly turn a blind eye to it and the umbrella companies like the revenue too.
    The two problems are attending pointless Teams calls booked for the same time and tracking which agency knows about which contracts (no point insulting their intelligence even if they have sussed what’s what).

  7. BiS, I’ve got a similar story from a leading hand I used to work with. When he was starting out in a large, unionised factory as an apprentice sparky, got given a work order in the morning. Finished the easy task in an hour and trotted back to ask what next, got taken aside to be told “mate, you don’t come back till smoko. If you’re not done but it takes five more minutes after smoko, you don’t come back till lunch. You’re making us look bad, got it?”

    Great bloke to work with, smart and dedicated. And when he later got promoted off the tools the fuckwits working for him kicked up a stink if he so much as picked up a screwdriver. Never mind he had twice their experience.

  8. I once did a consultancy for a County Council. It owned three (or was it four?) service workshops to fettle everything from lawnmowers to fire engines. The guy in charge was the head honcho of the fire brigade. My task was to prepare a tender to pitch for the business against private companies, back when privatisation was the big thing.

    What I found was astonishing. There was no time-keeping or clocking on and off jobs. No time and motion at all. There was no notion of labour rates for work, or breakdown of parts, oils and sublet. There was no scheduling, booking-in of work, and job cards were rough and ready.

    Visiting the workshops was an eye-opener. All sorts of private work was going on with random cars in for services and MOT preparation. A total nightmare. In the end, I analysed a year’s worth of rough and ready job cards and clock cards (for attendance), and came up with some idea of overall and productive efficiency, both of which were abysmal. I managed to get some idea of cost (and hence labour rate) from the Council’s accounts.

    I went away, wrote a report pointing out the problems, and then produced a tender. I reported back to the Chief Fire Officer, and he couldn’t give a toss and was totally uninterested in the moonlighting. Amazingly, though, my tender won the contract! And nobody argued about my invoice for a fairly massive fee; they just paid it.

  9. I think the key point in all this revolves around the work that is allegedly being done at home

    Public facing work – admin, benefits processing, searches and so on can easily be monitored and tracked in any moderately efficient organisation and lends itself to targets, deadlines etc

    Requests/queries come in, are allocated and there is a measurable output/outcome

    Policy development, HR, performance review/reporting etc is all rather more nebulous and quite frankly no-one questions a lack of progress in any of these areas as most of it is self-generated management bollox

    All of that is ripe for deletion IMHO, and anyone performing it should be in the office being actively managed with respect to deadlines etc

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