blog Those of you with a long-term interest in Victorian Government IT shared services provider CenITex will remember that the agency was several years ago known far and wide for the high rates it was paying its extensive contractor workforce. However, according to an article published in iTNews today (we recommend you click here for the full article), those days are now comprehensively gone:
“The latest annual report for the agency shows that it currently engages just 15 contractors, down from a peak of 251 (a third of the CenITex workforce) in 2011.”
It’s not hard to understand where all the contractors have gone. In mid-2012, after all, CenITex announced it was planning a huge round of redundancies, and there’s also been a directive that the agency should seek to convert as many contractors as possible to permanent staff roles — on normal government salaries.
Knowing CenITex’s previous culture as I do, I have to say that this is the latest indication that the agency has gone through some incredible levels of change over the past several years. It used to be a hotbed of highly paid contractors, unethical practices, poor IT service delivery, and overall, one of the worst eyesores in the Victorian Government. Now things have really turned around. The contractors have all been in-sourced or turfed, the agency is moving towards a more efficient broker model instead of a heavy government workforce model, it’s under new management and cleaning up its ethics. All good things.
It’s even possible that we’ll come to a day quite soon where CenITex has a good reputation inside the Victorian Government, instead of the terrible one it’s had up until now. Now that would be a change.