Agency Staff Agreement

Anastasia Aldridge made this Freedom of Information request to Norfolk County Council

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Anastasia Aldridge

Dear Norfolk County Council,

1) What is the value of spend on temporary staff from recruitment agencies by Norfolk County Council in 2015 - 2016?
Please ensure a gross spend value is detailed and include all spend associated to any contract let for the management/provision of temporary staff by a contracted provider (whether Vendor neutral or Master vendor)

2) If you have a Framework in place for the provision of temporary staff, please tell me:
a. The titles and content of the relevant frameworks
b. Who is on the current frameworks
c. The start and end dates of the frameworks
d. Any possible extension periods to the frameworks
e. The name and contact email of person responsible for the
frameworks.
f. The current performance of suppliers that are on the framework against their agreed KPIs.

3) Please can you attach a copy of the framework agreement of the supply of agency/temporary staff between Norfolk County Council and the parties/organisations it was let to.

4) If you have a managed service provider (MSP) in place for the provision of temporary agency staff, please provide the following;
a. How was the contract to manage/provide the supply of
agency/temporary staff let?
b. Who was the contract to manage/provide the supply of
agency/temporary staff let to?
c. When was the contract to manage/provide the supply of
temporary/agency staff to Norfolk County Council let?
d. When did the contract to manage / provide the supply of temporary / agency staff commence, how long does it run for and what is the end date?

5) If you have an MSP in place, Please can you attach a copy of the contract for the management/provision of the supply of agency/temporary staff between Norfolk County Council and the party/organisation the contract was let to

Yours faithfully,

Anastasia Aldridge

Yours faithfully,

Anastasia Aldridge

NO REPLY, Norfolk County Council

Dear Anastasia Aldridge,

Reference: ENQ-0121901

Freedom Of Information Act 2000 - Information Request

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Dear Anastasia
Freedom of Information Act Request (“the Act”) ENQ121901 – Response

I refer to your request for information dated 6 September 2016.  In
accordance with the provisions of the Act, I have now processed your
request. 

You asked: “1) What is the value of spend on temporary staff from
recruitment agencies by Norfolk County Council in 2015-2016?

Please ensure a gross spend value is detailed and include all spend
associated to any contract let for the management/provision of temporary
staff by a contracted provider (whether Vendor neutral or Master vendor).

The total spend in the financial year 2015-16 was £6,744,488.

2) If you have a Framework in place for the provision of temporary staff,
please tell me:

a. The titles and content of the relevant frameworks b. Who is on the
current frameworks c. The start and end dates of the frameworks d. Any
possible extension periods to the frameworks e. The name and contact email
of person responsible for the frameworks.

f. The current performance of suppliers that are on the framework against
their agreed KPIs.

We do not have a framework in place.

3) Please can you attach a copy of the framework agreement of the supply
of agency/temporary staff between Norfolk County Council and the
parties/organisations it was let to.

As above, we do not have a framework in place.

4) If you have a managed service provider (MSP) in place for the provision
of temporary agency staff, please provide the following; a. How was the
contract to manage/provide the supply of agency/temporary staff let?

A further competition exercise occurred under ESPO Framework 653 for the
provision of Managed Services for Temporary Agency Resources (MSTAR). 

b. Who was the contract to manage/provide the supply of agency/temporary
staff let to?

The contract was awarded through the ESPO 653F MStar Framework previously
accessible [1]here to Comensura Limited.  More information about the
framework can be obtained from ESPO directly.

c. When was the contract to manage/provide the supply of temporary/agency
staff to Norfolk County Council let?

The current contract was let on 17 April 2013.

d. When did the contract to manage / provide the supply of temporary /
agency staff commence, how long does it run for and what is the end date?

The contract commenced on 1 July 2013 and runs until 30 June 2017.

5) If you have an MSP in place, please can you attach a copy of the
contract for the management/provision of the supply of agency/temporary
staff between Norfolk County Council and the party/organisation the
contract was let to.”

A redacted copy of the contract is attached. With regards to the
information that has been redacted, your request for this information has
been considered and is refused.  In accordance with the Act, and in regard
to this particular request only, this letter forms a Refusal Notice.

Exemption

 

Section 43(2) provides an exemption to disclosure if the information’s
disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial
interests of any person (including the public authority holding it).

 

Reason the exemption applies

 

The exemption applies for the following reasons.

 

The information redacted is specific to the supplier with whom we have
this contract. This includes details such as its unit pricing, business
plan, and strategies, in the form of their pricing schedule, response to
the invitation to tender and in other references throughout the document.

 

Releasing this information about an individual supplier could be damaging
to its commercial interests and may give its competitors an unfair
advantage in future tender bids. Indeed, providing a copy of this full,
unredacted contract would undoubtedly result in the release of trade
secrets, the strategies and business structure, as well as the formula of
the unit pricing, in respect of this supplier.

 

Furthermore, revealing this information would be damaging to Norfolk
County Council’s commercial interests, in as much as it could lead to
price fixing, or collusion preventing Norfolk County Council from
achieving best value for the people of Norfolk.

 

Public Interest Test Reasons

 

The Council has considered whether the public interest in maintaining this
exemption is outweighed by the public interest in disclosure.

 

This Council has considered the following reasons in favour of disclosure:

 

o Promoting accountability and transparency by public authorities for
decisions taken by them;
o Promoting accountability and transparency in the spending of public
money;
o Encouraging the opportunity for potentially more cost effective
solutions to be made available to the Council by creating a
competitive market.

 

Balanced against this are the following reasons against disclosure:

 

·        Releasing this information could give competitors an unfair
advantage;

·        Providing this information would disclose the unit pricing,
business structure, and business strategy of this supplier;

·        Norfolk County Council has a duty to achieve best value in
procuring services for the people of Norfolk by procuring the right level
of service for the best possible price.  This could be prevented by
releasing this information;

·        If potential suppliers believe that we may release information
commercially sensitive to them, such as their pricing strategy, in
response to requests under the Act, this will impede our ability to
attract bids for future contracts.

 

On balance, the Council considers that the public interest in maintaining
the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

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