New Ofcom chairman: Nice work if you can get it

Ah the pressures of dealing with a communications industry in flux.Next generation networks, internet bottlenecks, spectrum issues, mobile pricing, digital switchover, just some of the problems awaiting newly appointed Ofcom Chairman Dr Colette Bowe.

Ah the pressures of dealing with a communications industry in flux.

Next generation networks, internet bottlenecks, spectrum issues, mobile pricing, digital switchover, just some of the problems awaiting newly appointed Ofcom Chairman Dr Colette Bowe.

Yep - Colette. Showing my ignorance here but didn't occur to me that chairman goes for both sexes. I thought it was a typo on the Government press release - a late Friday mistake but no a quick bit of Googling reveals the following on that fountain of truth - www.thefreedictionary.com.

"USAGE: Chairman can seem inappropriate when applied to a woman, while chairwoman can be offensive. Chair and chairperson can be applied to either a man or a woman; chair is generally preferred to chairperson."

Anyway - whatever she is called Dr Bowe's salary shows little evidence of a glass ceiling (Couldn't track down an exact figure for her predecessor David Currie but he was on £133,000 in 2003 which will certainly have gone up but beyond £200,000? - hard to say)

"The Chairman's remuneration is £200,000 p.a. for up to three days a week"

So that means that some of the time she might not even do a three day week and still get paid £200,000. Nice work if you can get it, industry meltdown and global recession aside obviously.

See more here: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/features/colapp