Scottish Government Recruitment Advertising and Public Information Notices Framework

Scottish Government Recruitment Advertising and Public Information Notices Framework

This Framework Agreement is for the provision of recruitment and public appointments advertising and public information notice adverts.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Advertising services

2020/S 020-044438

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Scottish Government
Postal address: Area 3A South, Victoria Quay
Town: Edinburgh
NUTS code: UKM
Postal code: EH6 6QQ
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Paul Brydon
Telephone: +44 1312443718

I.2)Information about 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:
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

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


Recruitment Advertising and Public Information Notices

Reference number: SP-19-025

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

This framework agreement is for the provision of recruitment and public appointments advertising and public information notice adverts. The contractor will be required to work with the framework public bodies to meet all requirements of the service, this will include providing copy-writing and type-setting services, advice on digital advertising options, along with advice relating to the wording, branding and placement of adverts and use of various media routes.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 12 000 000.00 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 Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate (SPCD) is the organisation tasked with procuring requirements on behalf of Scottish Public Sector Bodies. The framework will cover the provision of recruitment advertising and public information notices, for the booking of advertisements to run in Scotland, UK and Overseas, in support of activities including, but not restricted to, public information and recruitment advertising. The purpose of this agreement is to provide the Scottish Public Sector with an open and transparent approach to recruitment advertising and public information services, with the contractor providing the best possible outcomes for campaign activity.

II.2.5)Award criteria

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

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 12 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

If you’re an SME or 3rd sector organisation interested in working with the public sector, the supplier development programme can help. Attached is a link to the supplier development programme:

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

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

This section refers to section B of Part IV of the ESPD (Scotland) and covers question 4B.5.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

4B.5.1 to 4B.5.3 It is a requirement of this framework that bidders hold or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded framework the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

Employers (compulsory) liability insurance = in accordance with any legal obligation for the time being in force.

Public liability insurance = 1 000 000 GBP per incident

Professional indemnity insurance = 1 000 000 GBP per incident

Bidders who do not currently have or cannot commit to obtaining the levels of Insurance requested may be excluded from the procurement process. In event of award of a framework, Scottish Government will seek proof that these insurance provisions have been fully complied with.

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

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: 2019/S 196-476018

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

Date: 27/02/2020
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

Duration in months: 12 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27/02/2020
Local time: 12:00

Victoria Quay, Edinburgh.

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

VI.3)Additional information:

1) The framework agreement will be available for use by the Scottish Ministers (including Agencies), Scottish Non-Departmental Public Bodies, offices in the Scottish Administration which are not ministerial offices, cross-border public authorities within the meaning of section 88(5) of the Scotland Act 1998, the Scotland Office, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, councils constituted under section 2 of the Local Government, etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, bodies registered as social landlords under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, Scottish health boards or special health boards, Student Loans Company Ltd, the commissioner of Northern Lighthouse operating as the Northern Lighthouse Board, Scottish Futures Trust, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Business Stream Ltd, the Business Gateway National Unit at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, further or higher education institutions being fundable bodies within the meaning of section 6 of the further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005, any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament, any association of or formed by 1 or more of the foregoing, bodies financed wholly or mainly by 1 or more of the foregoing, bodies subject to management supervision by 1 or more of the foregoing and bodies more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals, being appointed by 1 or more of the foregoing. In addition to the contracting authorities listed, the framework agreement will be available to charities entered on the Scottish Charity Register and voluntary organisations entered on the membership database of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Information about agencies of the Scottish Ministers, Scottish Non-Departmental Public Bodies and offices in the Scottish Administration which are not ministerial offices are listed at

Overview of the governance structure of public procurement for Scotland, including the Public Procurement Group.

2) Full details of award criteria and the weightings and scoring can be found in the invitation to tender;

3) 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 (Sco) Regs 2015;

4) ESPD (Sco) — section 2: subcontractors who are not being relied upon to meet selection criteria — a separate ESPD (Sco) will not be required at this stage.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The project code is 15482.

For more information see:

A subcontract clause has been included in this contract. 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:

The Scottish Government is persuaded by evidence which shows that the delivery of high-quality public services is critically dependent on a workforce that is well motivated, well led and has appropriate opportunities for training and skills development. These factors are also important for workforce recruitment and retention and thus continuity of service.

(SC Ref:610133)

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Edinburgh Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Postal address: 27 Chambers Street
Town: Edinburgh
Postal code: EH1 1LB
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312252525Internet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

An economic operator that suffers or risks suffering loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or Court of Session.

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: