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Birmingham City Council transfers IT roles to India

Up to 100 posts transferred offshore by the end of the year...

Up to 100 posts transferred offshore by the end of the year...

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Joint venture Service Birmingham has yet to specify the number of redundancies that will result from the transfer of IT roles to Pune, IndiaPhoto: Birmingham City Council

A joint venture that serves Birmingham City Council is planning to send up to 100 IT roles offshore.

The roles are at Service Birmingham, a joint venture run by Birmingham City Council and Capita which provides ICT, contact-centre and revenue services to the council.

Up to 55 roles will be transferred from Service Birmingham to a site in Pune, India, by the end of the summer.

A further 45 IT roles at Service Birmingham could be transferred to Pune later in the year.

The council has said the transfers will involve a number of redundancies but the exact number has not been decided.

A spokesman for Service Birmingham said the roles are being transferred as part of the joint venture's commitment to help the council achieve "economies".

In November last year, Birmingham City Council announced a £300m, five-year extension to its contract with Service Birmingham, taking the contract to March 2021.