Edinburgh signs £10m e-HR deal with BT

Cutting down on human resources paperwork will save Edinburgh 12 million by 2016, the city's council has said.

A new 10 million electronic human resources (e-HR) services contract with BT will reduce paper transactions, saving the council 1.5 million a year from 2009.

The council's head of e-government Andrew Unsworth said: "Savings will be realised because there will not be as [many] paper forms circulating between offices, and less paper chasing."

The new system, set to roll out in December 2007, will allow managers to access information more easily and streamline recruitment, health and safety and absence management by allowing staff to update their own personal details, book leave and training courses and check for updates to HR policies.