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The Scottish Government requires to appoint a Contractor to provide assessment and associated services relating to external recruitment and internal vacancy filling for our core posts; our Graduate Development Programme and Senior Civil Service ...

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312444916
NUTS code: UKM

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

HR: Assessment Centres.

Reference number: Case Ref: 362528
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The Scottish Government requires to appoint a Contractor to provide assessment and associated services relating to external recruitment and internal vacancy filling for our core posts; our Graduate Development Programme and Senior Civil Service appointments. This includes:

- The provision of assessment exercises and related services to all business areas;

- National coverage, with consistent levels of service for varied requirements as needed;

- Working with business areas to ensure that best value for money is obtained in terms of the cost/suitability of assessment exercises;

- Providing comprehensive management information at all stages of the process.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 2 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The framework agreement will be available for use by Scottish Ministers (Scottish Government Core Directorates), Accountant In Bankruptcy, Disclosure Scotland, Education Scotland, National Records of Scotland, Office Of The Scottish Charity Regulator, Scottish Housing Regulator, Scottish Public Pensions Agency, Student Awards Agency For Scotland, Transport Scotland, Social Security, Food Standards Scotland, Scottish Fiscal Commission, Revenue Scotland, Crofting Commission, Parole Board, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, British Irish Council Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and Edinburgh Tram Inquiry.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 70
Price - Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The Framework may be extended by a further 24 months.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

Not used.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Financial ratio(s)


Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Financial Ratio:

Bidders will be required to state the value(s) for the following financial ratio(s): Current Ratio.

The acceptable range for each financial ratio is: Not less than 0.8

The ratio will be calculated as follows: Current Assets / Current Liabilities.


It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold, or can commit to obtain prior to the commence of any subsequently awarded contract, the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

Employer's (Compulsory) Liability Insurance = 5 000 000 GBP

Public Liability Insurance = 1 000 000 GBP

Professional Indemnity Insurance = 1 000 000 GBP

There must be no qualification or contra-indication from any evidence provided in support of the bidders economic and financial standing.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Not used.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Not used.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

Not used.

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 100-198469
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 13/09/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 13/09/2017
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

Within 4 years.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 8840. For more information see:

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see:

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

While the following community benefit objectives will not be scored as part of the tender process, tenderers are required to present a community benefit proposal with their tender detailing how, in the event that they should be successful in winning the contract, they will address the following Community Benefit themes:

- targeted recruitment and training for ‘disadvantaged’ persons unemployed for over 6 months;

- work placement opportunities for 14- 16 year olds;

- graduate placements.

If successful the winning bidder(s) will discuss the content of their Community Benefit proposal and agree a plan for the delivery of the agreed community benefits which will become a condition of the contract.

(SC Ref:506850).

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312440000

Internet address:

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: