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Worcestershire selects Liberata for HR and payroll support deal

Neil Merrett Published 05 January 2016

Seven year agreement will see authority transfer specific operational functions and over 100 staff to the company to provide transformational services

 

Worcestershire County Council has signed a seven year agreement with Liberata to provide human resources and finance services to the authority and local schools with all related staff and functions to be transferred from February 1.

According to the terms of the agreement, Liberata will be contracted to provide payroll and control services, as well as human resources transactional functions such as recruitment and resources.

The company will also deliver functions that include occupational health, accounts payable and receivable, technology solution management, maintenance and support for future transformation of the authority, as well as general ledger application for county council accounting services.

Schools included under the agreement will also be provided with HR consultancy and finance advice.

"The base contract worth £5.2 million will see Liberata deliver services that will enable the county council to save up to £2.2m over the lifetime of the agreement," said Worcestershire in a statement. "Liberata will also be providing services to the region's schools and other public sector customers. The overall end contract value could be worth up to £23m."

Under the terms of the agreement, 106 roles encompassing payroll, school human resources and finance advice, occupational health, transactional services, payment support and technology maintenance will be transferred to Liberata. The company has also pledged to take on 25 apprentices from the local area over the lifetime of the agreement.

The staff transfer process is expected to be complete from February 1, with all services to be undertaken by Liberata set to go live on this date.

Liberata chief executive Charlie Bruin said that although the company did not rule out redundancies as part of the contract agreement, they were not planned as part of realising proposed savings through the deal.

Bruin argued that if any redundancies were necessary in the future, they would be kept to a minimum.

"In fact, we are completely committed to growing our presence in the county with plans to invest in and establish a new Liberata base in Worcester that over time might be used to service clients across the region," he said.

The company said it would use this base to try and provide similar services to neighbouring councils and public bodies in order to build on support it has provided to schools for over 20 years.

Worcestershire councillor Marc Bayliss, who serves as the authority's Cabinet member for Transformation and Commissioning, said the agreement followed a number of successful service transitions between Liberata and local authorities.

"The commissioning of these services meets our aim to create a lower and more transparent cost of service while also ensuring our commitments to schools and other customers can continue to be delivered now and in the future," Bayliss added.

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