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Proposed reduction will see OIC senior management cut from 34 to 18

Islands councillors have today recommended that the senior management team at Orkney Islands Council should be reduced in size.

If the recommendation from the Policy and Resources Committee is agreed by a special meeting of the Full Council on September 1, the number of chief officer posts will be reduced from 34 to 18.

This would result in annual savings of £1.16 million for OIC.

If the proposals are adopted by full council, there will be four Executive Directorates in future:

  • Orkney Health and Care
  • Education, Leisure and Housing
  • Corporate Services
  • Development and Infrastructure

Each would have an executive director and, in addition, there would be 13 heads of service.

Of the 34 chief officer posts in the OIC’s present senior management structure, four have already been cut as part of budget savings made for 2011-12 and a fifth is currently vacant.