Trained public sector buyers in demand in Jersey

8 July 2011

9 July 2011 | Angeline Albert

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 three years. 

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 procurement.”

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.             

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