Scottish government seeks £745m of savings
The Scottish government is looking to make annual savings of £745m, and technology, personnel and payroll services are expected to bear the brunt of the cuts.
The savings will be made across government agencies, NHS boards and councils annually until 2008.
From the financial year 2009, annual savings could rise to £1bn.
Finance minister Tom McCabe, who is pushing for the cut in administration costs, gave assurances that many jobs would be saved, but unions fear the drive could lead to massive redundancies.
Eddie Reilly, the Scottish secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, said he wanted ‘assurances’ there would be no compulsory redundancies.