THE HUMAN Resources department has completed the second phase of a restructuring plan designed to improve HR administration and service to customers and to effect the implementation of a Human Resources strategic plan for the University.
"This is the culmination of AIMS recommendations concerning the structure of the Department, but the beginning of a long journey to implement the full AIMS recommendations," said HR Executive Director, Dave van Eeden.
The new structure has reduced the staff number in the Department from 70 to 60 with 5 contract posts not being renewed. Of the permanent staff affected by the restructuring, two have taken voluntary retrenchment, and there have been five retrenchments, in terms of agreed University procedures.
There are also seven vacancies in the Department, for which recruitment is currently taking place.
"This period of transition has been a difficult time for everyone in HR as we moved from the old to the new. It is regrettable that the restructuring has meant that some people have lost their jobs.
"But we're over the most difficult part of the process and we are looking forward to training all our staff to provide great HR service to the University. We are also committed to doing our best to maintain customer service while this transition takes place."
While the framework for the new structure is in place, there is still some work to be done in terms of determining which HR Advisers will support which faculties and departments.