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Birmingham City Council reduces India IT job numbers

Birmingham City Council has decided to reduce the number of jobs it plans to outsource to India.

Earlier this month the council announced it was considering outsourcing up to 100 IT posts by the end of the year.

But a review of the plan has concluded the number of "off-shored" jobs should be capped at 55.

The posts are with Service Birmingham, a joint venture between Birmingham City Council and management firm Capita.

The cost-cutting move is thought to be the first time a council or local authority has outsourced part of their direct workforce abroad.

Economy boost

Birmingham City Council deputy leader Paul Tilsley confirmed the maximum number of jobs outsourced would now be capped at 55.

"It was always an upper limit of 100 jobs that were in the contract but we have re-examined that and we've put a ceiling of 55 now. That's it, full stop."

"We think we have handled the situation well. We have been attracting jobs to Birmingham. We've been very, very active and acquisitive trying to boost and grow the Birmingham economy."

The Unite union has said it fears council workers here could be forced to train workers from overseas to do their jobs.

Gail Cartmail from Unite said: "We fear that this could be just the beginning and other councils could follow suit."

Service Birmingham has confirmed employees are being recruited in the Indian city of Pune.

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