Auckland Council planning massive jobs cut

Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town acknowledges this change could be difficult for staff.
Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town acknowledges this change could be difficult for staff. Photo credit: Auckland Council / Supplied

Up to 160 people could lose their jobs as Auckland Council starts a restructure of its staff to meet its budget targets for the year.

Between 100 and 160 positions are expected to be cut, CEO Stephen Town announced on Monday, around 1.5 percent of the Council's workforce.

According to Town, staff had said there were "too many layers" and the Council need to remove "duplication of effort".

"Over the next 10 months we will look to reduce roles in some areas of the organisation in order to meet our FTE and budget targets this financial year and make room for growth in our frontline and delivery services," he said in a statement.

"This will be achieved by removing vacancies and through natural attrition, but it will also mean the disestablishment of some roles and changes to reporting lines."

Town acknowledges this change could be difficult for staff, and the executive leadership team will be working with their divisions on what this means for individuals.

"These are real people and we will be supporting them," CEO Stephen Townsaid, according to NZME.

However, these jobs losses would be balanced out by the Council hiring more frontline and delivery staff.

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