THERE may be practical, political and ideological reasons to cast doubt on the wisdom of allowing Lena Wilson to boost her income by 25% by devoting a notional 5% of her working month to Intertek ("Call for inquiry over Scottish Enterprise chief's new role", The Herald, June 12), but the financial side is simple to solve.
There is precedent. Strangely, nobody seems to carp about many of our elected representatives having similar arrangements and this may explain why there have been no great rumblings from politicians. Public-sector employees may supplement their income by working in the private sector but, as in the case of hospital doctors, this is permitted at the cost to the individual employee of a pro-rata reduction in the NHS salary. A similar formula could be applied to Ms Wilson's salary.
One has to ask what Intertek hope to get in return for employing somebody for a handful of days in the year while remunerating them at a rate five times their existing, generous salary level. What will we do if success breeds success and she is offered several other non-executive positions?
David J Crawford,
Flat 3/3 131 Shuna Street,
THERE need not be so much speculation around the new directorship taken up by Lena Wilson of Scottish Enterprise. She has already declared that she is acting in a personal capacity. All that remains is to confirm that her salary will be docked for the day she is absent from work each month, or she takes the day as part of her holiday entitlement. It is matter for the board of Scottish Enterprise to determine whether the organisation can afford to dispense with the services of its chief executive for a day each month but one assumes that the agency will simply deal with this gap in time-honoured fashion – by hiring a consultant.
72 Pelstream Avenue,
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