Applicant Psychometric Testing Services for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Applicant Psychometric Testing Services for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Psychometric testing services for fire service employment applicants/candidates.

United Kingdom-Cambuslang: Recruitment services

2020/S 123-302671

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Postal address: Headquarters, Westburn Drive
Town: Cambuslang
NUTS code: UKM95 South Lanarkshire
Postal code: G72 7NA
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1463723061
I.2)Information about joint procurement


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

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Applicant Psychometric Testing Services

Reference number: T3C-019-2021

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79600000 Recruitment services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Psychometric testing services for fire service employment applicants/candidates with a supporting web-based delivery platform

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 350 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79419000 Evaluation consultancy services
48810000 Information systems
33156000 Psychology testing devices
48222000 Web server software package

II.2.3)Place of performance

Main site or place of performance:

Nationally across SCOTLAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service requires the provision of psychometric testing services accessible via a web-based platform to support its recruitment programmes which will work in line with its core values of safety, innovation, teamwork and respect.

Psychometric testing is carried out following receipt of application which is accessed via the service’s applicant tracking system. If successful and the applicant is to be invited to the next stage of selection then the service invites the candidate to complete cognitive ability, behavioural/personality assessment, situational judgement tests online via the supplier’s system.

In support of this, the service requires both psychometric tests themselves along with relevant reporting and management information services; as well as a web based platform for use both by applicants in undertaking tests and service staff in using information and reports provided by this platform. Additionally, the service requires a link to be established with its own recruitment system, Talentlink.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality/technical merit / Weighting: 70
Price – Weighting: 30

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 350 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Extension by up to two period of up to 12 months each.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Expansion of the required services to all recruited posts, the addition of newly emerging related services and extension by up to two years.

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

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:

As referred to in the ESPD.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
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
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: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 27/07/2020
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

Tender must be valid until: 27/11/2020

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27/07/2020
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:

No later than 6 years from the date of award.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland website at

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the postbox facility. A user guide is available at

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

(SC Ref:623791)

Download the ESPD document here:

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Postal address: 1 Carlton Place
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G5 9TW
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1414298888
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) must, by notice in writing as soon as possible after the decision has been made, inform all tenderers and candidates of its decision to award the contract, conclude the framework agreement or establish a Dynamic Purchasing System. The SFRS will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill at the point information on the contract award is communicated to tenderers. The SFRS is obliged to comply with the regulations and any eligible economic operator can bring an action in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session where as a consequence of a breach by the SFRS, they suffer or risk suffering loss or damage. The bringing of court proceedings during the standstill period means that the SFRS must not enter into the contract, conclude the framework agreement or establish the Dynamic Purchasing System unless the proceedings are determined, discontinued or disposed of: or the court, by interim order, brings to an end the prohibition. The bringing of court proceedings after the standstill period has elapsed and the remedies that are available to the courts are detailed in the regulations.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: