The Auckland Council trough gets deeper as headcount increases sharply

Auckland Council is spinning more nonsense in an attempt to cover up the fact that it is not efficient and is incapable of being so.

Auckland Council has around 200 more staff than it did last year, thanks to the city’s rapid growth.

The council is about to release its annual report for the 12 months to June 2015, showing both its revenue and expenditure rose during the year.

This was because of Auckland’s increasing population, council officers said.

The city grew by 45,000 people last year, up from an increase of 35,000 in 2014.

“Population growth has a direct impact on many of our our activities,” Matthew Walker, general manager financial plan, policy and budget, said.

The council and its agencies, including Watercare and Auckland Transport, hired 208 more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in the 2015 year.

This amounted to an extra $63 million in staff costs, Kevin Ramsay, general manager finance, said.

Firstly the full time equivalent is a dodgy number. The reality they have employed a lot more people because some are part time. It’s probably more like 500 people.

But here is my point. Auckland Council justify their staff increase on population increase and then suggest that it’s due to the delivery of infrastructure to service them.

Total horse droppings.

Council has reduced its expenditure on infrastructure with decreased Long Term Plan budgets.

But whilst Auckland Council and it’s proxies increase staff – all the privately owned infrastructure providers have not. Chorus, Spark, Vodafone, Vector and so on – have maintained or in some instances actually cut staff during this year. So if they can deal with increased population and the provision of infrastructure to service them – how come AT, Watercare and Auckland Council cannot?

Technology and smart management over time reduces the need for more people.

Business is always finding a way to do more work, with less overheads.

So when our Council increases staff – big alarm bells should be going off. It tells us they are not very good at what they do.

 

– Fairfax


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