Decision details

Novation and extension: Agency Worker Recruitment Contract OKD16 20-21

Decision Maker: Interim Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


This report sets out a change to the planned timetable for the re-procurement of the temporary agency worker services and seeks approval to novate the current contract from the arrangement between Capita Business Services (as part of the SSO contract) and Manpower Ltd, to a direct contract between the Council and Manpower Ltd and extension of that contract from the current expiration date of 30 September 2020 for 6 months to 31 March 2021.

The Council’s current agency worker spend, both on and off contract, is estimated at around £15m per year and is increasing due to a number of strategies concurrently in process, in support of the County Council’s improvement programmes. The Council wishes to novate and extend to give the market and the County Council’s high risk services that rely on agency staff, time to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic before going out to tender for a new contract as well as not wanting to put additional pressures on services that are at the sharp end of the Council’s response to Covid 19.  It is proposed that the novation and extension will be to a maximum value of £7m



The Interim Director of HR and Organisational Change has approved the novation of the current contract with Manpower from Capita Services Ltd to West Sussex County Council and that the contract is extended from 01 October 2020 to 31 March 2021.  The estimated maximum contract value for the further 6 months is £7m.


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Publication date: 30/06/2020

Date of decision: 30/06/2020

Effective from: 10/07/2020

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