REC meets with Treasury officials to make the Industry case on procurement.
The REC met with senior officials from the Office for Government Commerce (OGC) today to take forward the concerns of recruiters operating within the public sector.
There are likely to be major changes to the procurement landscape over the coming months, so the REC is pushing for more focus on value rather than simply cost and for tendering procedures to be streamlined.
The latest meeting, held at HM Treasury, looked at the overall outlook for public procurement and at what this might mean for recruiters.
Commenting Tom Hadley, the REC’s Director of Policy and Professional Services, said:
“Procurement departments are at the sharp-end of delivering drastic cuts to public sector budgets. We know that agencies are already under pressure to provide more for less, with margins being squeezed. We need to continue fighting our corner and making the case for sustainable measures that recognise quality of provision.
“We are also arguing for tendering procedures to be made more efficient - removing some of the barriers that exist especially for smaller businesses.”
“As the public sector faces up to new challenges, we must drive home the message that good recruitment and flexible staffing are key to delivering services differently. The way that recruitment services are procured must reflect this.”