Birmingham City Council to offshore IT jobs

By Derek du Preez
23 May 2011 View Comments

Birmingham City Council has revealed plans to offshore up to 100 back-office IT jobs by the end of this year, as part of its money-saving outsourcing deal with Capita Business Services.

Dubbed ‘Service Birmingham', the joint venture aims to save the council approximately £35m over the next four years.

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"We are looking to offshore a number of back-office roles throughout this year," said a spokesperson for Service Birmingham.

"Plans are underway at the moment for the first tranche of roles to be offshored; a second tranche will take place over the summer".

The first two tranches will place approximately 55 roles overseas.

Although Service Birmingham only has "detailed plans" for the initial 55 roles, it will have the option to offshore a further 45 jobs by the end of the year.

The spokesperson could not confirm how much this would contribute to overall savings for the council but insisted it would be "the main project to save money over the next financial year".

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