‘Not all voices have been heard’: Controversial recruiting services tender put on hold


Laurence Pidcock (New Zealand Public Markets)

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New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) has suspended the tender process for a new government-wide recruitment services contract.

The NZGP said the move was to allow time to continue engagement with government agencies and the recruitment industry on the contract pricing model.

The RFP, which was launched on August 5, seeks to update the current Government-Wide External Recruitment Services (AoG) contract and change its title to “Talent Acquisition Services” (TAS) to better reflect the evolving nature of contractor recruitment in the public service.

However, it sparked a public backlash, with one describing the NZGP proposals as “the assassination of contractor recruitment in New Zealand as we know it”.

“The Talent Acquisition Services tender has generated incredible interest, demonstrating the importance of the contract to the recruitment needs of government agencies,” said Laurence Pidcock, New Zealand’s Managing Director of Public Procurement, today. .

“While engagement was undertaken prior to the RFP going live, including issuing an RFI, vendor briefings and in-person meetings, concerns have since been raised. by the recruiting industry regarding the proposed move from a percentage-based pricing model to a flat-fee model and it became clear that not all voices were heard.”

Pidcock said the NZGP wanted to listen to the concerns that had been raised.

“This will give us time to hear and consider the valuable insights and feedback that industry players and government agencies that use these services will be able to provide,” he said.

The current External Recruitment Services contract allowed participating agencies to access one of 41 panel providers for a wide range of recruitment services such as permanent, temporary and contract placement types, administration roles common and enterprise, services for payroll providers only and common IT services. works.

The panel means government agencies can engage with the assured supplier on the same terms and conditions. Currently, 179 agencies participate in the ERS contract.

“The NZGP is committed to providing the best value for taxpayers while ensuring that agencies benefit from transparency and value for money from the government-wide panel providers they use,” said said Pidcock.

“The proposed new fixed fee pricing model is a significant shift in how government agencies that purchase staffing services and the staffing vendors that provide those services work together.

“While the RFP is paused, we will engage further to better understand the opportunities that have been brought to our attention and we will listen, if we can make this solution work better, we need to take this extra time.”

The new structure covers a range of ICT skills and job titles including Application Support, Architect, Business Intelligence, Change Management/Transformation, CIO, Data-Centric Roles, hardware, network, help desk, cybersecurity and testing, among others.

The bidding process was expected to continue after the four-week break, but NZGP said it would provide an update on September 30.

NZGP said it would only commit to the pricing model aspect of the tender. Thereafter, bidding would resume and any changes would be reported through the government’s electronic bidding service.

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