Recruitment frameworks and the public sector
One way of getting involved in the public sector market is by using recruitment frameworks, such as Permanent Recruitment 2.
There are a lot of ways that recruitment companies and those that offer staff can get involved with the public sector. Recruitment frameworks are one way to do so, which we’ll discuss in this blog. We’ll cover the benefits and how they work in terms of a wider strategy to target the public sector. So, without further ado…
What are recruitment frameworks?
Recruitment frameworks are routes to the market for suppliers of these services, and a way to procure them for buyers. Recruiters will have to apply to get listed on these frameworks, ensuring they hit all compliances and criteria. They could be described as marketplaces of chosen suppliers.
There are many out there, run by different organisations. Crown Commercial Service (CCS) are big organisation to keep on top of, as they run many of these routes to market on behalf of the UK Government.
Over recruitment frameworks might be run by other individual sectors (NHS for example) or even separate organisations like YPO.
Long story short: They provide a way for recruitment companies to sell their services compliantly to the public sector. So they’re highly valuable!
Are there any recruitment frameworks to keep an eye on?
One we’re definitely anticipating is the Permanent Recruitment 2 framework from CCS. It replaces the first iteration, which closes in April 2022. Applications are due to open for suppliers in May 2021, so make sure this is part of your plans. It’s for the procurement of general recruitment services, higher executive searches for more senior roles, recruitment process outsourcing, talent mapping, and even testing centres. You can find out more info about the upcoming Permanent Recruitment 2 framework here.
Aside from this (which caters for general Central Government and Public Sector roles), there are more designated routes to market too. For example, the Supply Teachers and Temporary Staff in Educational Establishments framework. This closes in August 2022, so we may see a new iteration of this announced soon too.
Also, this currently Live framework from YPO called Managing Temporary and Permanent Recruitment.
How do suppliers of recruitment services sell to the public sector?
For one, they should make sure that they are listed on the right routes to market. Public sector buyers look to quick, easy and compliant ways of procuring their services. And frameworks, or Dynamic Purchasing Systems, are a way of doing so.
That’s not to say to not look out for other opportunities too! Suppliers should use portals like Find a Tender or Contracts Finder to find out what is going to made available, is currently open, or has been awarded.
Lastly, continue marketing. Make sure the public sector knows who you are and trusts your company. Frameworks such as Permanent Recruitment 2 are enablers to make sales, you still need to guide buyers to use them. Not getting listed means it’s much harder to do business with you.
If you’re interested in getting more information about Permanent Recruitment 2, get in touch today!