Soft Market Testing for Human Resources

Soft Market Testing for Human Resources

North Lincolnshire Council is undertaking a Human Resources (HR) related soft market testing exercise to help it determine the best way to deliver its HR vision and improve value for money.

UK-Scunthorpe: human resources management consultancy services

2012/S 189-311032

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

North Lincolnshire Borough Council
Civic Centre Ashby Road
Contact point(s):
For the attention of: via SCMS –
DN16 1AB Scunthorpe
Telephone: +44 1724296388

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local agency/office
I.3)Main activity

General public services
Public order and safety
Economic and financial affairs
Housing and community amenities
Social protection
Recreation, culture and religion
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Soft Market Testing for Human Resources.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 22: Personnel placement and supply services
NUTS code UKE13

II.3)Information on framework agreement

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

North Lincolnshire Council is undertaking a Human Resources (HR) related soft market testing exercise to help it determine the best way to deliver its HR vision and improve value for money. HR delivers a service across four main functions – HR service teams, organisational development, health, safety & welfare and strategy & performance – and covers approximately 6 300 employees (including schools). The council is currently developing a continuous improvement plan to build on its existing strong base of service delivery and, as part of this process, is interested in entering into dialogue with potential providers/partners to discuss the themes detailed below:
— More efficient delivery of administrative processes including recruitment and other HR related transactional business.
— Joining up the computerised HR system with other IT systems such as payroll and finance.
— Sustaining sickness absence reduction through proactive and preventative measures.
The process will enable the council to understand and assess relevant market interest and capability for supporting these improvement themes. It will also assist the council in determining appropriate methods for supporting the delivery of the HR vision.
It is anticipated that the initial soft market testing exercise will conclude with a final report, prepared by the council. Further information is available from the tender portal SCMS ( which includes a market position statement. Any interviews will be held on 30 & 31 October and 8.11.2012. The council reserves the right to select individual organisations for interview and participation in this process will not guarantee any inclusion in potential future procurement processes.
Deadline for responses is by 2:00pm on Friday 19.10.2012 via SCMS ( Respondents should express interest based on the themes outlined above.
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79414000, 85147000, 71317200, 79996000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures

II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:27.9.2012