OGC issues advice for better HR purchasing

19 November 2009

19 November 2009 | Allie Anderson

The UK's Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has launched a nine-step guide to help public sector buyers secure better value from sourcing temporary staff.

Its guide Demand Management in 9 Steps outlines simple ways of driving long and short-term savings, improving business performance and retaining skills and knowledge.

The "demand management" approach is aimed at ensuring requirements for consultants, interims and specialists are met in an appropriate manner. This includes controlling cost overruns by making sure contracted staff are not overqualified for a job they are hired to do.

The OGC publication guides organisations through the temporary staff sourcing process, from defining stakeholder needs and identifying opportunities to monitoring change and reviewing future plans.

It said the measures could help organisations achieve a potential £1.1 billion efficiency savings by 2012, as outlined in the professional services collaborative procurement strand of the government's Operational Efficiency Programme.

Nigel Smith, chief executive of the OGC, said: "As efficiency targets increase, contracting authorities have a much greater need to ensure they are getting the best value for money from the use of their resources, and that includes human resources. It is crucial that public sector organisations also have the appropriate resource, at the right time and the right place, with the right skills and at the right price."

The nine steps are:

1. Define the approach and create a group of key stakeholders

2. Analyse data and identify opportunities

3. Generate options

4. Select options and complete the business case

5. Design a benefits tracking and recovery methodology

6. Develop a communications plan

7. Implement the changes

8. Monitor and embed the changes

9. Review and consider longer-term plans

Email servicedesk@ogc.gsi.gov.uk for a full copy of the guide.

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