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IT has role to play in saving public sector jobs

Simon Quicke

The pressure on the government to cut public sector costs does not have to translate into heavy job cuts if technology is used efficiently.

There has been some reaction to a BBC survey which suggests that 25,000 council jobs will go in the next three to five years with those selling IT services into the public sector again calling for a better use of IT.

Even before the true extent of the recession and the implications for government spending became apparent there had been several calls from the likes of Logicalis for better use of technology to deliver efficiencies.

That call has been picked up today following the BBC survey of councils that revealed that jobs would be cut if as expected central government funding was curtailed.

According to the BBC more than 70% of the 49 councils it quizzed said they would introduce cuts.

Des Speed, CEO of Lagan Technologies, which specialises in government to citizen technology, said that it was possible to reduce costs and improve services "without necessarily losing staff".

"One of the difficulties organisations under budgetary pressure face is the struggle to achieve the holy grail of cutting costs whilst safeguarding jobs and services," he said.


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