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Mouchel jobs may be at risk at Bournemouth council
JOBS could be at risk in Bournemouth council departments outsourced to troubled Mouchel.
The company has announced it is looking for a five per cent reduction in staff across the UK, roughly 146 of its 2,700 employees.
It employs hundreds of people in several departments at Bournemouth council, including ICT, facilities management, revenues and benefits.
But cabinet member for corporate efficiency, Cllr Anne Filer, said she is confident there will be “minimal impact” in Bournemouth.
A spokesman for Mouchel told the Daily Echo: “Mouchel is working with workforce representatives who have been elected by employees in order to determine the course of action over the coming weeks, with a focus on minimising the number of job losses by filling vacancies where appropriate.
“The purpose of the restructure is to make us more competitive and responsive to our customers’ needs to reduce our costs to them as a consequence of Government cuts.
“This will therefore bring benefit to all of our clients going forward with the potential redundancies in posts that will become largely automated.
"If there is any impact in Bournemouth this will be kept to a minimum and more than balanced by jobs growth in other areas, as we are committed to increasing employment in the town.”
Cllr Filer said: “Here in Bournemouth they are expecting only a negligible amount of reduction.
"As well as staff working for Bournemouth Council, Mouchel are committed to creating jobs in exciting initiatives in Bournemouth, such as the Carbon Management Centre and other ventures.
"The exact restructuring nationally is still out for consultation, but I am confident that there will be a very minimal impact on Mouchel jobs here in Bournemouth.”
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