The Tertiary Education Commission is joining the flood of government agencies restructuring their IT functions, saying its changes are part of an organisation-wide realignment.
The broader realignment involves reducing total headcount at the commission from 364 equivalent fulltime positions to 296.5, but none of the 70 positions that are going are in IT, says Geoff Williamson, director of corporate services at the commission.
Williamson says the change in structure creates 13 new permanent IT roles at the commission, reflecting a move towards internal IT staffing.
“This move towards greater reliance on permanent staff will decrease our reliance on external resources, ensuring IT is better able to support the strategic needs of TEC over the long term,” he says.
The commission advertised earlier this month on the Seek website for an infrastructure manager, database administrator, service desk analyst, IT programme manager, senior test analyst, IT project manager, business architect, enterprise data architect, programme coordinator (projects), programme coordinator (strategy), project manager (infrastructure projects) and enterprise architect.
Tertiary Education Commission CEO Dr Roy Sharp is quoted in a statement from the commission, announcing the wider restructure, as saying new business models have been decided upon, “which recognise that tertiary education institutions need to be independent, self-improving and accountable”.
The new models involve the commission taking “a lighter hand” and focusing on “the few organisations that require additional support, while offering streamlined services to those that are managing well”.
The new structure will be in place by June.