blog We’ve known for a while that the new Campbell Newman-led LNP administration in Queensland has been slashing and burning when it comes to IT jobs inside departments. In September last year the state revealed it had terminated some 384 technology contractors, and in July some 430 more were listed as being given the chop. But we haven’t quite been able to get full visibility on just how drastically some of the state’s key IT-focused agencies have been shrinking until now. This afternoon technology media outlet iTNews (we recommend you click here for the full article) reported:
“Queensland’s peak IT agency shed nearly 600 staff in 2012-13, including 271 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) roles from its government ICT branch.”
To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to feel about these cuts. On the one hand, Queensland desperately needs as much competent IT personnel as it can get, given the fact that, as a recent ICT Audit found, ninety percent of the state’s ICT systems are outdated and will require replacement within five years (total cost of $7.4 billion). On the other hand, it seems fairly obvious that many of the departing staff were on-board when these systems went downhill. There is a strong argument that Queensland needs to outsource and cloud-compute its way out of this mess — its internal IT staff can’t do it on their own. I guess we’ll find out what over the next few years what impact cutting this level of IT staff will have.