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Jobs could be axed under council shake-up
4:26pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
TEN jobs could be axed at Colchester Council in a bid to save it £300,000 a year.
It is proposing a shake-up of staff teams in departments including legal, financial, human resources, ICT, marketing, buildings and facilities, and democratic services.
Collectively their wages currently cost the council £3.4million a year.
Under the restructure, staff numbers across the departments would be reduced to 83 full-time equivalent.
A report describes them as the “backbone of the council’s activities” but says it wants to introduce a “new operating model”.
It proposes merging teams, including two who currently oversee events separately at the Town Hall and Charter Hall.
The report says the changes will also improve customer service as departments will run more efficiently.
If approved, they look set come into force over two years, starting in spring 2014, following a 30-day staff consultation.
The council report identifies there are a high proportion of “inefficient” single-person roles.
It states: “We will bring similar roles together and encourage multi-skilling to improve our resilience.”
The council’s scrutiny panel will be asked to discuss the proposals at its meeting on October 29 before the cabinet makes a final decision on November 27.
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