£4bn to be spent on consultants

7 April 2009

08 April 2009

The public sector consultancy bill is tipped to be around £4 billion over three years, a framework contract notice from Buying Solutions suggests.

The OGC commercial arm - known as OGCbuying.solutions until last week - issued a contract notice in the OJEU last month, seeking bids for a three-year framework deal for consultancy services for UK public sector bodies. The notice puts a £4 billion estimated value on the arrangement, excluding VAT.

Whitehall departments have been under pressure to cut spending on consultants. Last month's OGC Consultancy Value Programme report showed the 16 biggest Whitehall departments spent £909 million on consultants in 2007-8, a 43 per cent drop from the last published figure of £1.5 billion for 2005-06.

Buying Solutions said the framework agreement value was higher than that of the Consultancy Value Programme because it was for the use of the whole public sector.

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