Use of BCC Resources

Over the last few years Birmingham City Council have tended to use external providers when creating new projects rather then using existing resources in house.

I am sure it would result in a significant savings throughout the council if Directorates used the skills and knowledge base of colleagues already employed by BCC rather then tendering a job out to the external market.

The benefits of using in house resources would be that staff would be aware of problems that could arise and resolve them prior to completion thus again saving money rather than using a company that do not fully understand what is required.

Why the contribution is important

I believe the suggestion above would not only help Birmingham create a saving, but by using  existing staff it could increase individuals skills and knowledge that in the long-term, saff would feel valued which could improve prodictivity which in the long-term would benefit BCC as a whole

by Kevj on December 05, 2014 at 03:18PM

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  • Posted by Jason December 09, 2014 at 07:53

    Although there may be a few cases where BCC simply doesn't have the required expertise, in most cases this happens because we aren't efficient at freeing up the relevant people (sometimes in different directorates etc.)

    The Change Agent internal consultant concept started to address this, as did more flexible secondment arrangements. Both are harder as staffing reduces, but maybe worth the effort in terms of cost, maintaining knowledge in-house and developing our own staff expertise and capability.
  • Posted by cooper December 11, 2014 at 16:59

    We need a way of knowing what skills we have in the council - perhaps initially a voluntary register of additional skills people have that they'd be interested in being called on for?
  • Posted by NoelG December 31, 2014 at 10:36

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