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Queen searches for a £38,000- a-year planner to help with refurbishments at Buckingham Palace

The Queen is advertising for a new member of staff to help preserve Buckingham Palace for generations to come. 

Her Majesty has advertised for a Planner to join the palace’s Reservicing Programme as it undergoes a £369 million refurbishment, its first major overhaul of its infrastructure since the 1950s.

Posted on LinkedIn, the job advert reveals the successful applicant is expected to have a background working within construction and could be paid up to £38,000, depending on experience. 

More than 100 people have applied for the role since it was advertised.  

The renovations, which are already underway, involve 200 specialist staff tackle the work, wing by wing, over ten years. 

Describing the expectation of the planner, the listing reads: ‘ It’s supporting the team who will preserve the palace for years to come. 

‘It’s working with a shared and unique purpose. And it’s helping to ensure the palace is fit for the future. This is what makes working for the Royal Household so different.’

The successful candidate will give essential support for the Strategic Planner and will play a key role in keeping the ten-year refurbishment programme on track. 

And in addition to construction skills, the employee is expected to be a ‘good communicator’.

The job description continues: ‘No two days will be the same and the variety and pace will challenge you. But as you support others, you’ll have exceptional opportunities to grow your own career in a great team environment. 

‘And knowing you’re contributing to the future of an iconic building will inspire you to deliver every day.’

Working 37.5 hours per week, the Planner will be given a ‘comprehensive benefits package’ in exchange for their skills. 

Among the compensation is training and development, a 15 per cent employer contribution pension scheme as well as catering and recreational facilities. 

The Queen will move out of her private rooms to elsewhere in the palace during the 10-year phased renovations, but her apartments will be tackled last so as to minimise disruption for the monarch.

The project is being supported by an increase in the Sovereign Grant, which is paid by the Treasury and covers the monarch’s official duties.

Despite the huge cost to the public purse, it has been deemed urgent as much of the palace, including the wiring and plumbing, has not been updated since the 1940s and 1950s, leaving it at severe risk of fire or flooding.

The 30-year-old boilers will be replaced, making the building more energy efficient.

 

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