‘Cash-strapped’ NWDA advertises 30 job vacancies

The powerful North West Development Agency, which is currently trying to trim £50m from its £1bn budget over the next two years, is not reducing staff levels as part of its measures.

The government ordered the country's regional development agencies to reduce their budgets last autumn in order to divert cash to housing market initiatives such as Home Buy Direct.

The NWDA, responsible for implementing the Government's economic development policy in the region, is reducing its budget by funding fewer regeneration projects.

The agency's chief executive Steven Broomhead earned a salary of £190,000 in 2007/08 and spent a further £2,000 on expenses. A spokesman for the agency said it employs 474 people and that figure is not increasing. He added: "The jobs advertised are a mix of new and existing but we have been restructuring internally to ensure we are fit for purpose given the economic conditions and priorities."

A lengthy list of current vacancies – combined salary around £1m – at the Warrington-based quango includes:

Brokerage manager, salary £33k-£39k, based Warrington

Business development manager sectors, £38k-£44k, Warrington

Business development manager digital & creative(D&C), £38k-£44k, Warrington

Contract manager, £26k-£30k, Penrith

Contract monitoring manager, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), £26k-£30k, Warrington

Development and delivery manager sustainable consumption and production (SCP) ERDF, £33k-£39k, Warrington

Development manager, £26k-£30k, Warrington

Development manager SCP maternity cover, £33k-£39k, Warrington

Economic inclusion manager, £33k-£39k, Warrington

Head of investor development, £46k-53k, Warrington

Sector development manager bio, £33k-£39k, Warrington

Sector development manager, £33k-£39k, Warrington

Sector head financial and professional services, £52k-£60k, Warrington

Senior development manager, £29k-£34k, Manchester

Senior solicitor state aid, £38k-£44k, Warrington

Solicitor, £29k-£34k, Warrington

Strategic development manager advanced engineering and materials, £46k-£53k, Warrington

Strategic development manager D&C, £46k-£53k, Warrington

Strategy development manager skills, £38k-£44k, Warrington

Head of collaborative innovation, £46k-£53k, Warrington

RDA national evaluation manager, £38k-£44k, London

Desktop support analyst, £20k-£23k, Warrington

Management information manager, £33k-£39k, Warrington

Project appraiser ERDF, £22k-£26k, Warrington

Project co-ordinator ERDF, £22k-£26k, Warrington

Senior desktop support analyst, £22k-£26k, Warrington

Policy manager transitional partnerships and European Union policy, £33k-£39k, Warrington

Senior development manager East Lancs and West Lancs, £29k-£34k, Preston

Executive chair of 5050 Vision, no further details

Head of 5050 Vision, no further details

The latest NWDA Corporate Plan shows that the overall Single Programme Investment, the NWDA's core funding from the Government, will fall from £379.7m in 2008/09 to £276.7m by 2010/11. The agency also receives revenue from the EU, rent from its Space Northwest commercial property joint venture with Ashtenne and receipts from land sales.

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