02 January 2008 | Paul Snell
Housing organisations will benefit from cheaper temporary labour thanks to a new deal from membership group Procurement for Housing (PfH).
Under a new framework agreement, associations across England will be able to save between 30 and 40 per cent on commission rates and up to 100 per cent on finder's fees for temporary staff. It is estimated the housing sector spends around £300 million a year on agency labour in total.
Seven providers have been appointed to the framework agreement, which offers a standard way to calculate agency commission rates and gives buyers the opportunity to compare suppliers' costs. The deal also ensures invoices are standardised with break downs of commission rates, wages and National Insurance payments.
Suppliers on the framework, which can be used by PfH members, are Better Healthcare, Beresford Blake Thomas, Blue Arrow/Blue Arrow Care, Eden Brown, Enterprise, Hays and Reed Healthcare. The agreement covers a variety of staff including administrative workers, social care providers and management positions.
PfH said that traditionally spend on temporary staff is poorly controlled, has inconsistent invoicing, and uses a large number of suppliers. Julie Craig, director of PfH, said in a statement: "We're aiming to put housing organisations back in control of purchasing agency staff by managing suppliers on their behalf."