Published by Stephen Allott on 7 March 2016
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Researcher William Mosseri-Marlio wrote an article in The Guardian Public Leaders Network on government procurement. The article comes after the launch of Reform‘s report on the subject (Cloud 9: the future of public procurement).
In it, he argued that digitisation of purchasing, through compliant-by-default Amazon-like platforms, offers a “huge opportunity” for the government to save billions. If the government met international best practice, savings could reach £10 billion. However, this will not be possible unless officials realise the potential of online procurement channels. Civil service reform “may hold the key to improving procurement more generally”. In particular, commercial skills need to be addressed.
“Limiting civil service rotation and boosting secondments into and from the private sector would improve technical expertise. Introducing more performance-related pay could tackle the risk aversion many stakeholders identified in the civil services. These steps would also need to be accompanied by a wide-ranging review of government commercial skills.
With the chancellor still needing to find billions in efficiencies over the course of the parliament, it is time to invest in commercial skills.”
Read the full article here.