Jobs shake-up planned at Ipswich Borough Council - 20-30 posts could be lost

The Ipswich Borough Council building on Russell Road.

The Ipswich Borough Council building on Russell Road. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Council is being reorganised in a bid to make the authority more focussed on attracting new business and jobs to the town.

That could lead to the loss of between 20-30 posts in existing departments – but lead to the creation of more jobs in areas that are being developed.

The council is to concentrate on attracting new businesses to the town and encouraging those already in Ipswich to expand.

It will also create a new body to develop and market council-owned property – ranging from finding partners to help with development of new land it is buying in the Waterfront area to developing new council homes.

And it will be strengthening its marketing teams to try to spread the word about Ipswich as an attractive location.

Not all the posts that are being lost are currently filled, and the council is expecting many of those whose departments are to be affected to apply for the new jobs.

Council leader David Ellesmere said: “We are not expecting to see many people leave, but there may be some who want to take voluntary redundancy for whatever reason.

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“Overall this move will be cost neutral – but there will be more people concentrating on the areas we want to develop in future.”

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