Provide HR Assessment Centres for Scottish Government

Provide HR Assessment Centres for Scottish Government

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.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Assessment centre services for recruitment

2017/S 150-310661

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

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 1312440000Internet 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:



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