Glasgow City Council has agreed a seven-year deal with IT and business consulting services firm CGI to transform the city’s digital services.
The deal with CGI, which already provides services to the City of Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, and the Scottish Government, will support the council’s own IT systems and transform digital services to support jobs, education, innovation and health for Glasgow.
Glasgow City Council’s digital champion, Cllr Angus Millar said: “We have an opportunity to completely redesign how we use technology to improve the lives of all Glaswegians.
“From world-class digital learning in our schools, to protecting the health of our most vulnerable citizens – we need to innovate and be ready to embrace opportunities to use technology creatively to deliver for the city.
“Since approval of the outline business case in April, we have focused a great deal of attention on developing and refining the staffing model; to ensure the deal is right for the workforce and puts them right at the heart of driving forward change in our city.
“That includes establishing a Workforce Board, which I will chair, as a key part of the governance arrangements for the contract.”
Steve Thorn, president, CGI UK operations said: “This is a very exciting award for CGI and we are delighted to partner with Glasgow City Council on this journey to enable the digital transformation of public services throughout Glasgow.”
The council agreed to award a contract to CGI earlier this year, subject to the completion of a full business case. The city has now accepted an offer from CGI that meets its requirements and both parties are working closely to conclude the deal and prepare for the start of the new contract in April 2018.
The deal will deliver major network improvements, transform the job prospects of at least 700 Glaswegians, and provide connectivity to the city’s business incubators.
CGI is already a significant employer in Glasgow, and the firm is investing in developing a skilled city workforce in the longer-term, by providing employment and training opportunities for local young people.
Staffing arrangements will protect the jobs, pensions and pay and conditions of the current workforce. Staff currently seconded from Glasgow City Council to Access will be able to retain that status, if they choose to – remaining council employees, seconded to CGI.
The council is also working with any staff members who wish to redeploy to other roles within the council family, including those seeking a change in career or retraining opportunities.