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TCDC Employment

 

I requested up to date information from Ben day regarding TCDC employment information - both numbers and costs for 30 June 2010, 2011, 2012 and 30 June 2012. I specifically requested contract information as well. This is the reply I have had today. I have not had time to analyse it - I am conducting Massey exms this week and next:

 

As at 30 June 2010

Actual number of staff: 193; budgeted positions 205.

Salaries (actual, not budgeted spend) as per Annual Report: $12,212,000.

Average cost per staff: $63,277.

As at 30 June 2011

Actual number of staff: 197: budgeted positions 205.

Salaries (actual, not budgeted spend) as per Annual Report $12,911,000.

Increase: 5.7%.

Average cost per staff: $65,538.

As at 30 June 2012

Actual number of staff: 158: budgeted positions 205.

Annualised salaries for the staff as at 30 June 2012 were $10,921,210.

Increase: -15%.

Average cost per staff: $69,122.

As at 30 September 2012

Actual number of staff: 169; budgeted positions 177.

Annualised salaries for staff as at 30 September 2012 were $11,328,732.

Increase: 3.7%.

Average cost per staff: $67,034.

Notes on the difference between June and September 2012:

The increase between June and September 2012 was due to filling positions created through the establishment of Community Governance and bringing Bylaws Enforcement in-house;

Vacancies as at 30 September 2012 are due to normal turn-over;

The average wage of the organisation records as lower due to the change in more frontline staff appointments;

Current ratio of salaries to opex: 17% (local government suggests <23% as prudent).

Contractors Used:

District Planning 3 (1 part-time GIS covering a vacancy until we fill, 1 District Plan project, 1 Online Resource Consenting portal development);

Development engineering (occasional as required on consent work);

Ross Pennington (contract finishing shortly - was helping with transitioning to the Community Empowerment model - not full-time);

Katherine Palmer (available for the occasional project as we require);

Communications 1 (occasional use to cover Area meetings and the like);

IT-1 (covering a vacancy until we fill);

Internal audit annually - Deloittes;

Occasional use of Allan Bickers for external contract evaluation;

Contractors Increased / decreased or otherwise?

Have in-housed Bylaws so less use in regulation;

Less use in building or resource consenting as a conscious strategy to address as much of this work in-house as we can, and take care with pressures on the customer pricing of these services;

Organisation-wide, we still use contractors for projects and to fill vacancies part-time;

Less in Economic Development as we have in-housed the former Business Development Group contract work.

Benjamin Day MPhil (Management), BAviation, MNZIM

Economic Development and Communications Manager  

 

I welcome any comments on this information, but I am gratified that they appear to have gone to some trouble to put it together, though not in the form I requested.

The blogsite continues to operate - though for how long is anyone's guess - Squarespace indicated that they were just hanging on at midday.

 

 


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Reader Comments (4)

And what about the outsourced information services costs?Thats another whole work area that got replaced because it would be more 'efficient'..the numbers should be careful to include the extra charges for mailouts and so on..and how bout those 'projects' ....like automated building portals?although I'd be more interested in whether it even works after throwing all that money at it..

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNot fooled

Congratuations TCDC on saving about 13% on staff costs from June 2011 to September 2012, which works out to around $60 per rateable unit. Thats the only benefit as far as I can see. The costs to the community are much more than that - the loss of a knowledge base that in some cases will take years to recover, loss of highly qualified experienced staff, unsettled families having to move away from the area (impacts on schooling, family stress etc), further impacts on the already struggling local economy because salaries and wages are not being put back in. Sure restructure was probably necessary, but similar savings could have been achieved through natural attrition, volunteer redundancy, and retraining some staff into new roles. With regard to consultants, its extremely difficult to get a handle on this, so Im not surprised to see a vague response to this. The areas of real money wastage in Council have not been addressed. The localised model of empowerment is a nice idea, particularly if you have a 1980's retro lifestyle, but as we are seeing from rising staff numbers and project costs, is simply not sustainable at the staff costs listed and the under current legal requirements. Wait until the economy starts to pick up a bit and development starts to return, Leaches developer mates will be moaning loudly because Council takes too long to process and approve consents!

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDream On

Dream On (Unregistered) added TCDC Employment:

Congratuations TCDC on saving about 13% on staff costs from June 2011 to September 2012, which works out to around $60 per rateable unit. Thats the only benefit as far as I can see. The costs to the community are much more than that - the loss of a knowledge base that in some cases will take years to recover, loss of highly qualified experienced staff, unsettled families having to move away from the area
This comment is 'anonymous', but I am having trouble dealing with the new protocol, and working out how to 'approve'
I will work it out, but this one is important and needs to get up now!

(impacts on schooling, family stress etc), further impacts on the already struggling local economy because salaries and wages are not being put back in. Sure restructure was probably necessary, but similar savings could have been achieved through natural attrition, volunteer redundancy, and retraining some staff into new roles. With regard to consultants, its extremely difficult to get a handle on this, so Im not surprised to see a vague response to this. The areas of real money wastage in Council have not been addressed. The localised model of empowerment is a nice idea, particularly if you have a 1980's retro lifestyle, but as we are seeing from rising staff numbers and project costs, is simply not sustainable at the staff costs listed and the under current legal requirements. Wait until the economy starts to pick up a bit and development starts to return, Leaches developer mates will be moaning loudly because Council takes too long to process and approve consents!

November 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

I wonder how much the redundancy costs from the last 12 months add up to? Im guessing they may be more than the staff costs saved in the last 12 months.

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSailing Away

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