Christchurch City Council may shed 60 jobs


Plans are underway to drop around 60 jobs at the Christchurch City Council (CCC) with 175 roles to be disestablished and 115 new positions created in a new 'change proposal'.

Chief executive Dr Karleen Edwards says the proposal is part of an effort to create a "more agile organisation" which is due to take over some responsibilities from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority in coming months.

The proposed changes will not impact frontline staff and will "start at the top" with the executive leadership team reduced from seven to five, Dr Edwards says.

"The proposal builds on changes introduced in 2013, which aimed to ensure the council was focusing on the city's rebuild. Two years on, it is time to bring the business together to focus on the needs of the whole community.

"A good example is the plan to bring together our building consents, resource consents and licencing teams to create clear accountabilities. I am also proposing bringing water and waste functions in to one team, as well as the transport, building and delivery teams."

Staff will be given the opportunity to respond to the proposal before a final decision is made.

"I want to be clear, however, that this is not a return to business-as-usual. The changes will see the entire organisation operating under a 'new normal', making us best-placed to meet the needs of the rebuild and our customers," Dr Edwards says.

The proposal was developed using local and international research, and discussions with staff, city leaders, community groups and business leaders, the council says.

It was put together by the consultancy firm PwC at a cost $219,508.

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