Link staff assured of jobs

A STATE government departmental spokesman has refuted Liverpool MPs Paul Lynch's statements that Business Link plans to cut 400 jobs from its Liverpool office.

In the April 2 issue of the Liverpool Champion, Mr Lynch said the state government had taken 400 jobs from Business Link.

"And they're planning to get rid of the remaining 400," Mr Lynch said.

A Department of Family and Community Services spokesman said that as of March Business Link had 649 employees at its Liverpool office.

"As at March 2014, Business Link employs 682 staff throughout its offices across the state", the spokesman said.

"Operating efficiencies have meant that a total of 234 staff have exited the business through voluntary redundancy or alternative employment across the sector since 2011," he said.

The spokesman said this figure was a total from all of the Business Link offices, not just Liverpool.

After an assessment of how Business Link provided its services it was determined it should be brought back under the umbrella of the Department of Family and Community Services.

"Business Link's staff will continue to operate from its Liverpool and regional locations."

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