Edinburgh Council signs up with BT to streamline HR

The City of Edinburgh Council has signed a £10m contract with BT which aims to save money with its human resource service across the council.

The City of Edinburgh Council has signed a £10m contract with BT which aims to save money with its human resource service across the council.

The new system, e-HR, will streamline the council's core HR processes, ranging from recruitment, health and safety and absence management. It will enable managers to access information more easily while reducing paper transactions.

Councillor Donald Wilson, executive member for the council’s Smart City project, said, “Investment in ICT helps us drive improved customer services and efficiency. Projects such as e-HR are about giving our staff the best tools for the job. As one of the city’s largest employers, with more than 17,000 staff in many locations across the city, this system will streamline the way we run our business.”

The project is expected to deliver savings of £12m by 2016, with £1.5m saved each year from 2009-2010.

Andrew Unsworth, the council’s head of e-government, said, “This project will introduce a self-service function that is more efficient and responsive to staff. 

“We are transforming our HR service and introducing new management practices on the back of the IT system.
Savings will be realised because there will not be as many paper forms circulating between offices, and there will be less paper chasing.”

Using the self-service method, staff will be able to update their personal details, such as name change on marriage or home address. It will also be possible to book leave and training courses, check policies on items such as maternity leave and complete self-certification for sick leave.  

The new system will be rolled out to all council departments by December this year. 

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