A thank you note to all the temps and consultants along the way
You will all be aware of the recent public commitment to cut back on the use of temps and consultants to support Government work. We have been anticipating this development and for some time have been winding down our supporting resources.
In a few days time our last remaining “temps” will leave us and as they do I thought I would reflect for a moment on the contribution they and their predecessors have made to the Portals success.
When I joined the Portal back in 2002 we were a small team, most of us joined from the private sector, whilst a small number of existing civil servants showed us the ropes.
At that time there was a moratorium on permanent recruitment and much to my annoyance we employed a number of consultants to form the beginnings of what became the RAMs team. Those expensive guys shared their experience freely and imparted a huge amount of knowledge that helped drive the Portal for years to come.
Later on we began to employ technical specialists in testing, development, support and project management, we even employed a former UN peacekeeper whose knowledge of excell and scenario modelling bordered on ninja mastery.
Some temps went on to join the Portal permanently whilst others came, contributed and moved on. Almost without exception they left us better off, more secure and fitter than we were. For our part they were welcomed into the team as equals which I believe resulted in better outcomes for the business and a more rewarding working environment for them.
So Sarah, Rosie, Dave, Julia, Richard, Tom, Jason, Rory, Ken, Sean, Shirley and all the others that played their part thank you.
And finally a special mention for John Adler. John has contributed to the technical development of the Portal for longer than any of us ever imagined and no one has contributed more to the development of 1App. His special approach to managing risk, his absolute dedication to the job in hand and his personal warmth have given John a unique place in our story.
I am not bemoaning the new circumstances, I completely agree that we need to pare back, I simply wanted to take a moment to thank all of those that have helped us along the way.