Maclean Technology sheds 'handful' of staff

IT services company says advances in automation have partly allowed 'minor restructure'

IT services company Maclean Technology has made “a handful” of its staff redundant in what the company describes as a “minor restructure”.

Maclean Technology CEO Chris Maclean replied in an email to an enquiry from Computerworld that a “small number of roles” were made redundant last Friday.

“Some of the reduction in overhead has been made possible by some major advances in automation achieved since the introduction of our new service automation tools over the past three months,” Maclean continued. “These have allowed us to streamline some core business processes that previously required heavy administration but are now largely automatic.”

Asked how many positions would be lost, Maclean would only say that it was “a handful”, adding that half of the staff affected would be re-hired in other positions.

He also refused to confirm the staff headcount following the restructure, saying the “net loss of staff isn’t substantial”.

Last September, Maclean Technology employed over 40 staff, according to its website. The company was formed following the demise of Maclean Computing last year.

Maclean Computing was founded in 1993 by Allan and Kevin Maclean. The company employed 72 staff when Chris Maclean took over as CEO from his father, Allan Maclean, in 2009.

Maclean Computing went into liquidation on Friday July 13, 2012, owing suppliers, vendors, partners, some staff and other unsecured creditors $953,000. The following Wednesday the company announced that its assets were being sold to Maclean Technology Limited, a company which listed Chris Maclean and his business partner Matthew Bellingham as directors.

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