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Derby could hire new manager on £155,000 despite senior level changes

Derby City Council could employ a new ‘director of corporate resources’ on £155,000 a year despite increasing cuts and many authorities combining roles to save cash.

The council recently changed its management structure to save money, but new proposals are based on a review which suggested they need to build capacity at senior level.

In descriptions written ahead of an upcoming personnel meeting it was revealed that the authority is looking for a new senior manager who would cost a maximum of £155,238, funded from existing sources.

“In order to best serve the residents of Derby, and deliver the council’s priorities, it is critical that we as an organisation continue to build resilience,” explained a Derby council spokesperson.

“External auditors highlighted the need for the council to build capacity at senior management level. This acknowledges the need to deliver a more robust approach to finance, and be equipped to respond to future challenges.

“As such, the chief executive undertook a full review, resulting in the current proposals. All details of any new position or restructure are still to be developed and consulted upon.”

Due to local authority funding cuts it has become unusual for organisations to create new senior level positions, instead opting to merge roles and create efficiencies.

In some cases, such as the recent problems surrounding Swindon Borough Council, there are plans for major staffing reductions in order to hit targets and ensure resources are not strapped for cash.

Earlier this month, county councils announced fears that the huge £2.5bn funding gap expected to open by 2021 could be a major strain on resources and staff. This problem is especially increased because demand on services is increasing across the UK.

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