pop-logo-verticalCreated with Sketch.

News (66)

View all >

What can Australian public servants learn from the UK’s new Outsourcing Playbook?

The Mandarin’s Stephen Easton asks what can Australian public servants learn from the UK’s new Outsourcing Playbook? “In the same portfolio, plans to outsource visa processing in the future are also controversial and have been questioned by a former immigration deputy secretary. This reflects the widespread scepticism of government outsourcing that the UK's outsourcing reforms aim to counter. The sense of unease comes not only from a long list of expensive delivery failures, poor outcomes and cost blow-outs at all levels of the federation, but also the way governments often respond to specific concerns, leading to a suspicion they sometimes try to outsource accountability for policy outcomes along with delivery.”

Source: The Mandarin

Competition in the government outsourcing sector in the U.K. is seriously eroding

The Financial Times reports that competition in the government outsourcing sector in the U.K. is seriously eroding, “with close to one quarter of public sector contracts, ranging from security to welfare services, awarded to sole bidders in 2018. The proportion of public sector contracts awarded without a competitive tender rose from 15 per cent in 2016 to 22 per cent in 2017 and then 23 per cent in 2018, according to research by the Financial Times and OpenOpps, a consultancy that advises on government outsourcing.”

Source: peopleoverprof.it

An in-depth look at outsourcing giant Carillion one year after its collapse

The Telegraph’s Jack Torrance has taken an in-depth look at outsourcing giant Carillion one year after its collapse. “The sorry episode has dominated the business and political agenda for the past year. As Carillion’s surviving rivals and suppliers continue to battle against tough conditions and the Insolvency Service readies its own report into what went wrong, it will remain a lasting influence for some time to come.” The UK public services union Unite has published an in-depth report on the Carillion collapse “Carillion’s approach to bidding for these contracts underlines the inherent problem with successive government’s mania for outsourcing. The company which provides the lowest bid is awarded the contract, creating a race to the bottom where all the quality is cut from a contract with the wages of staff and their conditions being seen as a prime area to chop. In many cases the low bid is a deliberate gamble as the company hopes to make healthy profits from additional services required by the client outside of the contract.”

Source: The Telegraph

Documents (5)

View all >

pdf

Ending Bandit Capitalism: Learning the lessons following Carillion’s collapse

The UK public services union Unite has published an in-depth report on the collapse of the government outsourcing company Carillion. “Carillion’s approach to bidding for these contracts underlines the inherent problem with successive government’s mania for outsourcing. The company which provides the lowest bid is awarded the contract, creating a race to the bottom where all the quality is cut from a contract with the wages of staff and their conditions being seen as a prime area to chop. In many cases the low bid is a deliberate gamble as the company hopes to make healthy profits from additional services required by the client outside of the contract.”

pdf

Fact Sheet: Higher Education. Outsourcing Higher Education Support Services: The Wrong Choice

State funding for higher education has been on the decline for decades. Administrators believe that outsourcing support services will save money while maintaining quality and accountability. They’re wrong. Privatization leads to a loss of accountability, fails to save money and lowers the quality of services, while harming workers and the local economy.