CenITex to cut 200 jobs

Staff reductions required to balance 2013 budget says CEO

Victorian ICT shared services agency, CenITex, has announced plans to cut approximately 200 staff and cancel 80 vacancy advertisements as part of a strategy to balance its 2013 budget.

Up to 150 contractors will be let go while 50 public servants are to be redeployed elsewhere.

CenITex chief executive, Michael Vanderheide, said that as more than half of the CenITex budget related to staff and contractors, some “difficult decisions” had to be made over the next 12 months

“The majority of reductions will be in positions held by contractors and fixed term staff,” he said in a statement.

"The coming year for CenITex will be one of consolidation with the focus on delivering customer funded projects and the provision of core services,” Vanderheide said.

“I know this is not easy news for our staff and we face some very significant challenges, particularly for an organisation as young as ours.”

The staff cuts come two months after CenITex hired a new chief information officer , Fiona Caldwell. The agency had advertised for a new CIO in November 2011 after dissolving the position two years ago.

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