This is a terrific job opportunity – £140k to twiddle your thumbs for a year and then quit, most likely citing health concerns.

Then the successful candidate can join the ranks of those claiming the new benefit.

That’s if they can cope with the hurdles they will have helped create for claimants – and if they’ve spent all of their whopping great salary, of course.

Five bosses in as many years, more or less – how ludicrous.

Iain Duncan Smith is recruiting a new £140,000-a-year director of his troubled welfare reform project Universal Credit – barely a year after the last change of leadership.

The job is among the top paying jobs in the civil service – more than the Work and Pensions Secretary earns himself.

The advert for the role – posted on the Civil Service Jobs website – says the Department for Work and Pensions is seeking someone to develop and implement the £2bn Universal Credit programme, the Government’s flagship welfare reform project that will merge six benefits into one payment over the next five years.

However the programme has been beset by problems since Mr Duncan Smith announced in 2011 that 1m people would be on the benefit by April 2014.

Howard Shiplee was the latest official to quit the project last year as director general after just over a year in the job, following Terry Moran and renowned IT expert Philip Langsdale out the exit door.

Neil Couling was promoted to director general of Universal Credit after Mr Shiplee’s departure and the department told The Independent that he remains in his position.

A spokesman said the advert is part of a routine practice to hold an open recruitment process when a vacancy comes up and Mr Couling will have to apply for the job along with any other candidates.

The department has only just advertised for the role, despite Mr Couling having served in the position since October last year.

The successful candidate will be in charge of 600 staff working on the transition to Universal Credit and a £1.7bn budget.

Source: Iain Duncan Smith is offering £140,000 a year for someone to take charge of his troubled Universal Credit programme | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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