Please can you provide information on contingent labour workers at a rate in excess of £350 per day who have been taken on by your organisation other than through the Contingent Labour ONE framework in the period from 1 September 2017 to 31 January 2018.

First please can you tell me which frameworks other than Contingent Labour ONE you use to engage contingent workers.

Second, do you have any policies on how your managers should recruit contingent workers through other frameworks, and in particular whether there is any competitive process for choosing the supplying agencies.

Third, I would like to know for each calendar month over that period the numbers of contingent workers you have recruited broken down by supplying agency.

Thank you.

Mel Harris

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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no-reply@dcms.ecase.co.uk on behalf of FOI Team, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Ms Harris,

Thank you for your email of 8 February, in which you made the following
request for information:

Please can you provide information on contingent labour workers at a rate
in excess of £350 per day who have been taken on by your organisation
other than through the Contingent Labour ONE framework in the period from
1 September 2017 to 31 January 2018.

* First please can you tell me which frameworks other than Contingent
Labour ONE you use to engage contingent workers.
* Second, do you have any policies on how your managers should recruit
contingent workers through other frameworks, and in particular whether
there is any competitive process for choosing the supplying agencies.
* Third, I would like to know for each calendar month over that period
the numbers of contingent workers you have recruited broken down by
supplying agency.

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). Please find the answer to your request set out below:

* Non Medical Non Clinical
* These are as per framework guidelines.
* In December 2017 we had one worker from Allen Lane. In January 2018 we
recruited seven workers from Networkers PLC.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

www.gov.uk/dcms

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Culture, Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Sourcing of contingent workers'.

In question 2 of my request, I asked whether "you have any policies on how your managers should recruit contingent workers through other frameworks, and in particular whether there is any competitive
process for choosing the supplying agencies." Your response indicated that you follow framework guidance. Anecdotally I have heard that some departments follow no such competitive process, and instead just have a conversation with an agency and place the work with them. This does not follow the Customer Guidance for the Non Medical Non Clinical framework which (p9) requires you to develop a statement of requirements, use the NMNC award tool to obtain a ranked list of suppliers to deliver and then award to the first supplier who meets the need. Please can you confirm that you followed this process when appointing the suppliers as I find this difficult to believe. I work for one of the agencies on the NMNC framework and we supply a wide range of interims and we would have been scored highly in the award tool (which is primarily on price).

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Mel Harris

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
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IR2018/04010

Internal Review of FOI2018/02388

Mel Harris

[FOI #463578 email]

Dear Ms Harris,

Thank you for your email of 9 March where you ask for an internal review
to be carried out into the department's response to your Freedom of
Information (FOI) request dated 8 February where you asked for the
following:

Please can you provide information on contingent labour workers at a rate
in excess of £350 per day who have been taken on by your organisation
other than through the Contingent Labour ONE framework in the period from
1 September 2017 to 31 January 2018.

First please can you tell me which frameworks other than Contingent Labour
ONE you use to engage contingent workers.

Second, do you have any policies on how your managers should recruit
contingent workers through other frameworks, and in particular whether
there is any competitive process for choosing the supplying agencies.

Third, I would like to know for each calendar month over that period the
numbers of contingent workers you have recruited broken down by supplying
agency.

The department responded to you on 7 March:

Dear Ms Harris,

Thank you for your email of 8 February, in which you made the following
request for information:

Please can you provide information on contingent labour workers at a rate
in excess of £350 per day who have been taken on by your organisation
other than through the Contingent Labour ONE (CL1) framework in the period
from 1 September 2017 to 31 January 2018.

* First please can you tell me which frameworks other than Contingent
Labour ONE you use to engage contingent workers.
* Second, do you have any policies on how your managers should recruit
contingent workers through other frameworks, and in particular whether
there is any competitive process for choosing the supplying agencies.
* Third, I would like to know for each calendar month over that period
the numbers of contingent workers you have recruited broken down by
supplying agency.

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). Please find the answer to your request set out below:

* Non Medical Non Clinical
* These are as per framework guidelines.
* In December 2017 we had one worker from Allen Lane. In January 2018 we
recruited seven workers from Networkers PLC.

You have now requested an internal review, as follows:

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Culture,
Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Sourcing of contingent
workers'.

In question 2 of my request, I asked whether "you have any policies on how
your managers should recruit contingent workers through other frameworks,
and in particular whether there is any competitive process for choosing
the supplying agencies." Your response indicated that you follow framework
guidance. Anecdotally I have heard that some departments follow no such
competitive process, and instead just have a conversation with an agency
and place the work with them. This does not follow the Customer Guidance
for the Non Medical Non Clinical framework which (p9) requires you to
develop a statement of requirements, use the NMNC award tool to obtain a
ranked list of suppliers to deliver and then award to the first supplier
who meets the need. Please can you confirm that you followed this process
when appointing the suppliers as I find this difficult to believe. I work
for one of the agencies on the NMNC framework and we supply a wide range
of interi ms and we would have been scored highly in the award tool (which
is primarily on price).

In order to ensure cases are looked at afresh, internal reviews of freedom
of information decisions are carried out in our Department by officials
unconnected to the handling of the original request. I was therefore asked
to conduct the internal review.

I have considered your request carefully and would like to clarify that
the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's policy is to hire
contingent labour under the CL1 framework. Exemptions are given when the
CL1 framework does not offer the right candidates, and direct
award/further competition is utilised from the NMNC framework on balance
of nominated workers who are tied into agency contracts.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

Yours sincerely

Jamie McCabe

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

www.gov.uk/dcms

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