9 July 2011 | Angeline
Public sector buyers in Jersey must improve their skills to provide better
value for money, the chief executive of its government has said.
John Richardson, the interim chief executive of the States of Jersey, told SM the
comprehensive spending review target requires its public sector to save £65
million over the next three years and better-trained buyers would be more able
to achieve this.
Jersey’s public sector procurement team, which has an annual purchasing spend
of £100 million, must save £6.5 million of the £65 million within the next
Richardson said: “In these economic times, we need to focus on getting value
for money. Within the state of Jersey, we recognise the importance of
His comments follow the last month’s launch of the CIPS Channel Islands branch.
The state’s Highlands College also became another
training centre for CIPS qualifications.
Three months ago, Jersey’s director of strategic procurement, Caroline
Hastings, designed a guidance toolkit for public sector buyers. Her appointment
as branch chairwoman will see her promote CIPS training to the state’s private
and public sector buyers.
CIPS hopes to one day ensure only qualified purchasers are allowed to practice
procurement. Richardson said CIPS training could pave the way for a
CIPS-approved ‘licence to practice’ in Jersey. He said: “The concept is very
good and what we’ve got to do is up the knowledge base.”
Jersey has 6,500 public sector employees, which includes an eight-strong
central procurement team as well as buyers in government departments.