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Oscar Williams

News editor

The week in public sector tech: the biggest tenders and awards (07/08)

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive feature analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. In partnership with data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the top five most valuable tenders and awards from the previous week, and take stock of which tech firms have won the biggest share of the public sector pie.

Top five tenders

The biggest tender of the week is the Scottish Government’s new framework for IT contractors. Worth up to £102m, the framework enables contractors to supply the government with temporary staff on an interim basis. “Interim workers should be suitably trained and experienced to perform the duties required of them and must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom,” the notice states. Contractors are expected to be able to provide staff with a wide range of skills. They have until 6 September to apply.

Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
Scottish Government Framework Agreement for Interim IT Staff Services — National 03/08/18 06/09/18 Y £102,000,000
Hampshire County Council Hampshire Technology Enabled Care Partnership 31/07/18 31/08/18 N £67,410,000
Sovereign Housing Group Ltd Sovereign IT Resource Augmentation DPS 31/07/18 28/08/18 Y £35,000,000
Middlesex University Data and Telecoms Equipment and services 02/08/18 07/09/18 N £7,500,000
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group Electronic Payment Solution 04/08/18 03/09/18 Y £5,000,000

Top five awards

The biggest award of the week also relates to a framework: the Crown Commercial Service’s £600m G-Cloud 10 contract. The framework enables public sector agencies across the UK, from central government departments to local authorities and NHS trusts, the ability to procure cloud computing services from a list of more than 3,500 suppliers.

Another eye-catching contract concerns the Home Office’s procurement of “digital solutions for border force officers”. The notice offers very few details beyond the value (£4.5m) and revealing that it will “replace a suite of legacy tooling”.

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Data Awarded Framework Award / Framework Value
Crown Commercial Service Multiple Suppliers G-Cloud 10 29/06/18 Y £600,000,000
Home Office Zaizi Digital Solutions for Border Force Officers 04/06/18 N £4,500,000
Optivo BT and Maintel IT Services 31/05/18 N £4,000,000
West Yorkshire Police Dimension Data Network Services Core Network Infrastructure Upgrade 09/04/18 N £3,041,915
Crescent Purchasing Consortium Multiple Suppliers CA4817 – Software Licenses & Associated Services for Academies & Schools 02/08/18 Y £2,500,000