Regional Weighting

For reasons best known to the Institution of Civil Engineer, but probably involving money, they keep sending me job adverts for completely unsuitable roles. Today it was working as a diving inspector in the North Sea for the HSE, hence I ended up here out of curiosity.

Idly looking at a few jobs I discovered this marvellous line;

Aberdeen posts will receive an additional Aberdeen allowance of £5,000 p.a. rising to £10,000 in October 2010.

This doesn’t just apply to jobs off-shore, there are other allowances and bonuses for that, this is just for any job in Aberdeen.

I mean I know “The Granite City” is a grim and miserable place, but is it really any worse than the rest of Scotland? Sure the suicide rate is more than triple the UK average, but by Scottish standards Aberdeenshire isn’t that bad, not compared to say Glasgow or the Highlands.

You might argue this is a cost of living adjustment, but that clearly isn’t the case as they are advertising nationwide based jobs all on the same pay scale and you cannot argue the cost of living in the Norwich, Cardiff and Basingstoke is the same.

Thus I am left to conclude this is a misery allowance, a significant extra payment to overcome the horror of having to live in Aberdeen. And frankly they will deserve every penny.


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