Issue details

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

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


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/05/2020

Decision due: 15 June 2020 by Interim Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Lead director: Sue Evans

Contact: Lindsey Hannant, Head of Resourcing Organisational Development & Talent Email: Tel: 033 022 22435.

Consultation process

Representation can be made via the officer contact in the month before the decision is due.


Key internal stakeholders

Democratic Services Contact: Suzannah Hill Tel. 033 022 22551

West Sussex Plan Priority: A Council that Works for the Community