We want public procurement to promote good recruitment practices and ensure a sustainable supply. Recruiters play a vital role, hence this being one of the REC’s policy priorities. We are specifically focusing on:
We continue to closely monitor developments, and have developed a better working relationship with NHS Improvement since the initial rollout. NHSI presented at the REC’s Health & Social Care sector meeting in late 2016 and have agreed to present again at our member webinar on 26th January - goo.gl/vGThNE.
Here are some of our latest updates:
Crown Commercial Service have already promised that they will learn the lessons of CL1 and ensure early market engagement as they begin the re-tendering process from spring 2017. This will be particularly important as changes to IR35 in the public sector (See above) are implemented. The REC has been to several meetings to discuss member experiences of CL1, and CCS have promised to provide an update webinar for members on progress in developing their “big and bold vision” (as a follow up to their original webinar for the REC in May 2016 - https://youtu.be/Nc3tMlazpuA).
CCS tender update
As you may be aware Crown Commercial Service run a range of frameworks. Working through these frameworks you are enabled to supply contingent workers to meet the Public Sector labour needs.
As a key membership representation body for recruitment and employment organisations across the UK, we are pleased to advise that we have been asked to sit on the Professional Assurance Group for Public Sector Resourcing, which will be the replacement for Contingent Labour One.
Over the past nine months, we have been sitting on this panel to represent the views of you, our members. It is important that we continue to hear your views and make representation on your behalf and in your interests.
CCS have been to keen to develop an independent governance for PSR and so there will also be further announcements later this year, to advise of additional oversight of this programme.
There have been some further queries regarding the scope of PSR, the PSR supply chain and what is happening about PSR concerning SMEs. There was a CCS webinar back in February 2017, which ‘closed the loop’ on these topics, the recording is available here. In addition CCS also issued a PSR Q&A booklet which has comprehensive answers regarding PSR and the aforementioned topics.
Please note as the PSR tender is now live, CCS can no longer directly engage with any suppliers, so we do advise that you register and ask any questions regarding the PSR tender via the e-sourcing suite messaging system. Registration details are here.
For further information regarding this, please visit the CCS' Public Sector Resourcing page.
If you would like to get involved in our campaign for sustainable procurement, contact us by calling 020 7009 2100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.