Jobs lost after ECan outsources work
Six staff will lose their jobs after Environment Canterbury (ECan) outsourced its laboratory work.
ECan chief executive Bill Bayfield said today that the council had reviewed the way it undertook water-quality and other laboratory analysis and had decided to outsource all lab work to Hills Laboratories.
"After a review of the lab services was completed, there was an indication that potential savings could be achieved, should an external provider be used, that wouldn't lessen the levels of service currently enjoyed," he said.
"We invited tenders from companies which could provide the services we required and which could cope with the volume of work from us, then compared these with the in-house services we've used until now.
''This showed us the significant savings we could make by outsourcing this work."
A spokeswoman said the estimated saving from the move would be $350,000 a year.
Six staff will lose their jobs as a result of the decision, but Bayfield said they had been offered employment until Christmas to "allow continuity of lab services until the changeover and to assist with that transition".
They would also be involved in the decommissioning of the ECan laboratory.
"While outsourcing laboratory services makes good financial sense, I am also very mindful of the human side to the decision," Bayfield said.