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Queensland government won't commit on IT jobs

AAP (via Computerworld) | June 10, 2013
The government has decided to outsource part of its ICT services

Queensland's Information Technology minister has refused to say how many of the government's 5000 IT workers will lose their jobs to outsourcing.

Ian Walker says the government has decided to outsource part of its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services to the private sector to cut costs.

The move is in response to a 900-page audit of the government's ICT services.

The government says the changes could save about $109 million a year.

Despite being asked repeatedly how many government IT workers would be affected, Mr Walker refused give a clear answer.

He said the government would have to conduct business cases on each system to determine the mix of public and private workers that would be needed.

"My message (to government IT workers) continues to be that the government will continue to need IT services," he told reporters.

"I think that the government will need more IT services as we move forward, so there's going to be plenty of jobs in providing services to the government in the IT area.

"The mix of those jobs between public and private will change."

The government has agreed to adopt most of the audit's 60 recommendations.

Among them are a push toward cloud computing, meaning information does not need to be physically stored on government servers.

The move will save the government $17 million on the email component alone, Mr Walker said.

He said the government also would release its IT dashboard system within six months, which would list the costs and current status of all significant state projects.

It would allow "greater scrutiny and transparency" of ICT projects, he said.

Comment has been sought from Queensland's public sector union, Together, about the changes.

 

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