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EQC to cut hundreds of jobs

Author
Charlie Greenhalgh,
Publish Date
Wed, 10 Aug 2016, 5:38pm
Christchurch's Rose Historic chapel was damaged by the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 (Getty Images).
Christchurch's Rose Historic chapel was damaged by the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 (Getty Images).

EQC to cut hundreds of jobs

Author
Charlie Greenhalgh,
Publish Date
Wed, 10 Aug 2016, 5:38pm

UPDATED 6.50pm With post Canterbury earthquake work wrapping up, EQC is letting go of hundreds of staff.

It's currently speaking with staff members about a restructure that will see 868 jobs cut to 383 from January.

Under the proposal there will be up to 71 fewer roles in Hamilton and 172 fewer in Wellington.

But Canterbury will see the biggest cut losing 242 jobs.

EQC CEO Ian Simpson said staff have the next two weeks to give feedback on the proposal.

"Whilst we've considered that feedback, we'll go back to our staff on the 21st of September with the final structure and then we'll start the recruitment process for the roles that we'll need in 2017."

Mr Simpson said there are currently around 5,700 remedial requests, and he admits there could be more in the future.

"As people do renovation work to their homes -- sometimes they are finding damage that was missed from the scope -- sometimes, with any sort of domestic repairs work, the repairs don't last the test of time."

He hopes around 75 per cent of current requests will be resolved by the end of the year.