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August 24, 2015

Edinburgh set for job boom as Council inks £186m CGI deal

Seven-year contract will help council deliver digital services.

By Alexander Sword

The City of Edinburgh Council has selected CGI to provide outsourced IT services.

The seven-year contract, worth £186 million, will help to facilitate the Council’s shift towards digital channels.

It is expected to deliver efficiency and cost savings of £45 million over the term.

CGI also committed to creating over 200 new jobs and over 60 apprentices, while investing in social enterprises and community groups. As part of the SME Accelerate programme, local SMEs will be included in CGI’s supply chain.

As part of the deal, CGI will improve bandwidth in the city’s schools. The company will also update IT systems in Council service areas and integrate back-office process with a new Enterprise Resource Planning system, based on a specialist local government platform.

Councillor Alasdair Rankin, Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Finance and Resources Committee, said: "The Council is delighted to be entering into partnership with CGI. In signing this contract we will transform the way we do business.

"People are at the heart of our organisation whether they are citizens, staff or working in the city’s economy.

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"One of the exciting things CGI will do is to speed up our move to greater online capability giving residents and businesses greater flexibility to engage with the Council and carry out their transactions digitally. This will make us a more efficient and effective organisation across our wide range of Council services."

Steve Thorn, SVP CGI UK Public Sector, said: "We are delighted to partner with the City of Edinburgh Council as we embark together on this journey to enable the digital transformation of public services throughout Edinburgh."

"This is an ambitious programme that will change the way citizens access and use public services and will introduce new ways of working for the Council’s employees, ultimately making their jobs more productive and satisfying.

"This programme will pave the way to improve service delivery more cost effectively that will be a benchmark for other local authorities in the move to delivering digital public services."

"CGI has an established business hub in Edinburgh and we will be expanding to create more jobs to support our engagement with the City of Edinburgh Council and its public sector partners.

"These roles will cover a wide range of areas and responsibilities from experienced ICT, networking, digital and cyber security professionals, to the creation of over 60 modern apprentices to provide school leavers with the exciting opportunities of a career in ICT with CGI."

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