Eric Pickles is urging Birmingham City Council to change plans to outsource IT jobs.
Birmingham City Council is being asked to reconsider its plan to outsource 55 IT jobs to India, which could provide a boost to IT contractors seeking employment.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has said the jobs could remain in the UK if the work was outsourced to other locations, such as councils in the north of England, the Birmingham Post reports.
Originally, the council planned to cut 100 positions in its IT department, but the reduced figure has still caused tension among workers, and the minister believes there is "enough capacity" to move the jobs to south Tyneside.
"I would hope that my dear chums in Birmingham will have a look at that first, because I think that might well offer a pretty good solution," he told the newspaper.
Recently, Computer People executive director Sid Barnes said public sector organisations will be looking to IT contractors to fill skills gaps.