Blackburn with Darwen Council has signed with MidlandHR - also known as MHR - to use its cloud based HR and payroll solution.
They have agreed a five-year deal worth £5 million, rising to £10 million if up to five two-year options to extend are taken up.
The contract notice says the move will contribute to the council’s digital transformation, encouraging a channel shift to a fully integrated online solution for employees, managers, job applicants and external customers.
“We want a truly digital experience for all our system users, which will quickly realise a return on investment,” it says. “We have developed modern working principles where we expect are employees to work in modern agile digital and empowered way.
“This is enhanced by our move towards more blended working focusing on outcomes. We have developed our service offer to external customers including schools where we want to offer a first class user experience for all aspects of HR and payroll.”
It adds that the council is aware of proposals to reorganise local authorities in Lancashire, including the potential establishment of a combined authority, and that the tender took this into account.
Blackburn with Darwen is also close to agreeing to spend £625,000 on new IT licences, according to a report in the Lancashire Telegraph. It says the executive board is expected approved the spend later this week, with the aim of unifying its telephony capability with a cloud hosted system.
It will use the money to upgrade its Microsoft licences from E3 to provide access to the full suite of products and to introduce a new unified communications solution from June 2022.
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