Bullshit Jobs

How can some people get paid to do little or nothing (assuming it is not a sinecure, as when a politician pays his wife to be his secretary) ?

I was employed by Statens IT to assist an overworked external consultant, but he had no desire to give me anything to do, because he wanted to remain indispensible. So I had to invent things to do. It wasn’t that there was nothing to do, but everything was someone elses official job.