The bullshitter of the day award goes to Mr Michael Fitzgerald of Abtran in Cork, for this wonderful answer to the question of what levels of salaries the 300 new jobs coming to his company Abtran are likely to be on offer.
I really had to laugh. Aside from the "em . . . . em . . . . em . . . em" that went on for about 1 minute, the bullshittery involved in saying "competitive" is the usual clear sign that the jobs are a) Fás level, b) the minimum wage or c) potentially unlike to ever materialize at all, like similar service centres previously announced in Cork like this one (200 jobs announced, no more than 100 ever materialized, mostly in the 20k-23k per annum salary level, and place shut down almost entirely with a cumulative loss of about 90 roles over the 5 years), this one (1100 jobs promised, none ever materialized) and my special current favourite, this one (need I say any more).
So what exactly is a "competitive package?" I have heard so many recruiters blather on about this. Certainly in IT the package is 75% of the time very standard - some kind of contribution to a DC pension, life assurance linked to X times your salary, plan-B style health insurance, in some cases extra holidays linked to your seniority, and a proper sick pay system. Only in one place did I work where this wasn't fully the case (and they were very much in the race for the bottom and getting there fast). Generally "competitive package" to me often means "We don't pay an above average salary but you'll get by." Its a classic sign of bullshittery when the MD of a company won't admit that his jobs might not be paying the expected "market rate" by giving a rough scale. (All Mr F had to do was say they will pay between X and Y and he'd covered the ground - instead he's already conveyed a lack of trust to a potential workforce in Cork sick of the lies and subterfuge of BPO and customer service employers).
Its just a good example of how being upfront and honest instead of pretence can help rather than harm yourself as a potential employer.