Council delays ICT decision to early July

The axe continues to hover over staff as the Dunedin City Council considers outsourcing part of its information technology department.

It was confirmed last month the council was consulting staff in its ICT department over a proposed restructure that could affect up to 15 jobs.

A final decision was expected today, but council corporate services group manager Sandy Graham said when contacted yesterday the deadline had been extended to early July.

The council was considering ''a number of submissions'', and their ''range and scope'' meant extra time was needed, she said.

Ms Graham said it would be ''inappropriate'' to make further comment while the consultation process was continuing.

Speaking last month, she said the latest proposed changes formed part of the council's new ICT plan 2015-19 adopted in March.

The plan aimed to increase the council's ICT capability and improve the way it delivered information and digital services.

''This includes the possibility of outsourcing ... and the creation of new roles focusing on improving how we deliver more online services and use these to provide efficiency gains and better service,'' she said.

The proposed overhaul represented the latest round of council restructuring in recent years. Together the changes had pushed the staff count down from 710 full-time equivalents (FTEs) in 2011 to 644 by October last year.

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