170 jobs set to go in Hull City Council shake-up
ABOUT 170 jobs are set to go at Hull City Council as part of a back office shake-up.
The move to radically overhaul administrative duties at the authority is expected to be approved by senior councillors next week.
Today one senior officer said compulsory redundancies could not be ruled out.
Brendan Arnold, the council's director of resources, said: "Our hope is that we can deal with this without having to resort to compulsory redundancies.
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"However, it cannot be ruled out at this stage.
"All staff will have been briefed by the middle of the week on the proposals.
"We aim to look after the staff and support them the best we can in what will undoubtedly be a very challenging time for them."
The proposals aim to save the council about £5.6m a year by reducing the number of full-time posts in the authority's resources directorate from 735 to 564.
They range from jobs in finance and personnel to support services and ICT.
Mr Arnold said fewer staff would be needed because of a switch to computer-based working instead of relying on traditional paper-based systems.
"In the outside world, more people are doing business electronically, whether it's shopping or buying other services," he said.
"The council is no different in needing to adapt to the way it carries out its business.
"Our business processes have grown over the years under many different managers and leaderships.
"Because many of them have changed incrementally, what might have been efficient 20 or 25 five years ago is not necessarily efficient today. This is an attempt to sort that out."
Mr Arnold said the savings were also aimed at protecting the council's frontline services.
"This is happening against the background of a budget shortfall being faced by the council and the uncertainty over the local government settlement.
"These proposals will result is a much more efficient less costly resources directorate providing much better quality support to frontline services."
Originally, it had been thought up to 240 jobs were facing the axe in the directorate.
But Mr Arnold said the figure would be "around 170" depending on further detailed work finalising the new-look staffing structure.
He said consultancy work on the project by finance experts Deloitte would be worth the £1.1m fee expected to be paid to the firm.
"Deloitte is our implementation partner on this project and they bring a wide range of skills which are not available within the council to deliver this," he said.
"If we end up paying Deloitte £1.1m to help us achieve year-on-year savings of £5.6m, I would say that represents considerable value for money for both the council and, ultimately, the taxpayer."