MORE than 40 new permanent employees started work with North Lanarkshire Council earllier this month, filling the first of around 100 new posts created in the land management service.
Working with staff and unions, the service has successfully implemented new working patterns that will ensure service delivery over seven days. As a result, it has been able to consolidate fleet and depot operations, leading to a significant cost saving.
That in turn has been put to good use, creating 54 new permanent part-time and 161 seasonal positions.
Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of environmental services, welcomed the 44 new employees.
“At a time when it’s getting increasingly difficult to find jobs, it’s great to be able to offer work to so many people,” she said. “It’s important this council not only makes savings, but also continues to deliver services. This is an excellent example of how the two things can go hand in hand. “
Kenneth Wilson, head of land services at North Lanarkshire Council, says the reconfiguration of the service and shift patterns will save more than £1,000,000 in the first year alone.
“Like every other council department, we have to find savings wherever we can,” he said. “Wherever possible, we do that without risking jobs.
“The savings we’ve made through this restructure have not only protected jobs, they have also created new ones.
“We’re now looking to apply the same principles in other sections of environmental services – achieving savings without sacrificing service or jobs.”