Great if your school is willing to keep someone on the payroll who does not actually do anything technical on the system. Mine would not. It will be TUPE and bye bye or more likely i say bye first. Little while yet here though i expect before i really worry.
i tend to think we more 'thatcherised' now than we ever have been with targets and efficiencies,
10 years after the supposed end of the great experiment in flogging everything off to the private sector, and making what was left in the public sector more 'efficient'. Increases in productivity over the years should not only have allowed wages to increase in line, but also what happened to all this free time that was promised ?
Neither has materialized, and now many of those who in spite of the pay dampening have taken comfort in having enjoyable, diverse and rewarding jobs start to feel the biting winds of change.
progress, eh ?
eh, run that one past me again. I thought the promised increases in productivity via automation, technology enhancements and the mgmt of a professional org and the processes they bring to the table to make more efficient.....should infact leave plenty of time to be involved with other aspects of the school experience rather than more time spent on ICT related work.So let me get this right - you're an IT Tech and you're concerned that the ICT contractor will want you to spend your time doing ICT related work rather than being an unpaid Teaching Support Assistant? How dare they - whatever next?
Ask them to do a time and motion study of you and make recommendations how you can work more efficiently without increasing costs, reducing the flexibility of the services and facilities you deliver and still maintain motivation for you to work.
A good bet is that they will decline or they will
a) say that by changing the system things will work more efficiently (but it will raise cost due to purchases and reduce flexibility as you have to deliver only what they say, not what is requested)
b) you have to sacrifice flexibility to keep costs down but still maintain efficiency (but surely it is about reducing costs and increasing efficiency without any sacrifice?)
c) State that your motivation is the issue as you are not working with the team and only interested in protectionism.
3 standard responses in people trying to get you to outsource. As mentioned previously, it is political ... and the best thing you can do is to make sure the school keeps flexibility ... even if it drives costs up. That gives you the best hope of it being a pleasant place to work.
You forgetting that a network has common components like dns, dhcp, AD and backup. These mean the the service provider can provide these at a lower cost and then bolt on extras and could still make a profit.
A fair chunk of this would have to be delivered locally (or have stuff on site to deliver it) to ensure performance is ok. Doing it off-site is not a sure fire way of making it cheaper. It also is part of the process of homogenisation which reduces flexibility unless thought out properly. It can work, but you need to insist on the flexibility (or the SLT do as they are the folk that carry the weight atm)
There are only two places that real savings can be made; provide less equipment & lower support costs by downgrading and reducing the number of staff onsite.
To pay for the managed service infrastructure & overheads, I believe my school will find costs go up, the amount of equipment will fall, and the level of onsite support will reduce.
This is the problem - people like you not in the 'real world'.
Do you think they want to bring in private sector to invest in more kit and efficient working practices to free up time for IT guys to do other stuff? No - they want to free up time so they can get rid of IT staff and reduce their costs. Doh!
And the Strategic IT Manager on here who said he was kept because the stuff he did for the school was too important to let him TUPE - get real. All the stuff you listed in your job description won't be needed when RM get the managed service and have centralised everything you do. They will have said they don't want you - if they accepted you for TUPE and then made you redundant they would pick up your redundancy costs but since they obviously have told the council to keep you they either have to keep paying you to twiddle your thumbs or give you your P45 once RM are nicely settled in. Open your eyes guys!
I expect to be an average user of IT, not an Admin or the such. The reasons the school are keeping me are NON IT, therefore nothing to do with Northgate (not RM. Where did you get that from?). A MSP has nothing to do with Theatre stuff, Music or any of the other stuff I currently do. They won't "centralise" those things, will they? Because it's not their job. I know this as I was involved in writing the Output Specification for our school/borough, and was on a panel to whittle down the bidders, including evaluating some of the different bids.
Don't state as fact things you obviously don't (and can't) know about. Only the school and myself can know my future and situation. You can't pigeon hole and generalise everyone and every situation.
Last edited by Andycat; 25th November 2009 at 09:07 PM.
dalsoth (26th November 2009)
They will do what is in the contract if the Music is in it they will do it if it is not they won't and they won't let it talk to anything they do do as well. Schools can keep all the things they like outside the contract but what an MSP will say is that it can't compromise their solution as they have performance indicators that say x will happen in y time so if you plug z into our network we can no longer guarantee that.
As for how they will save money on the contract. They will TUPE staff at one payscale wait for them to get board or find a better job and employ a new member of staff at a lower payscale and hence save themselves money. None of the money (for the MSP) is made on stuff it is all made on CPD and cutting wages.
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