Has HR outsourcing efficiency drive cost £137m more..?

WHEN the then finance minister Peter Robinson announced in January that Fujitsu Services would be handling all Civil Service human resources, he added: “Northern Ireland citizens want and deserve an efficient and effective public service. Their expectations of the standards that public services should meet are high and rising.” …as are the costs to the taxpayer, if Private Eye is correct. Buried in the August 22 issue, HP Sauce noted that “the cost of outsourcing all civil service HR to Fujitsu has spiralled from the planned £328m to £465m”. If the figures are right, that means that DFP’s plans for “greater efficiency which, he [Robbo] pointed out, will be to the benefit of the taxpayer” have actually cost the taxpayer a mere £137m more. Bargain!