A short analysis of £48.8bn of government contracts

My friend Alan today pointed me to this page on data.gov.uk. It gives an estimated pipeline of the big tenders that are expected to take place within this Parliament, including those over £5m in value. (There are actually 12 tenders included valued under that amount.)

Of the 208 initiatives, 203 have a maximal contract value, the average being £240m. This is heavily skewed by DWP’s facilities management contract (a maximal value of a cool £9.542bn) and HMRC’s Aspire contract for ICT provision (a mere £8.5bn). Both of these are being let in 2017. Yikes! (The next largest is the provision by the Home Office of Tetra radio services to police forces across the country,at £3.8bn.) From this albeit top-heavy sample, the top 0.5% of projects (one) make up 20% of the revenue.

The lowest value tender on the list is for DH’s website services: £1.4m. Although you can pick up courier services for the Government Procurement Service itself for £2m.

If you take the three biggest projects out of the mix, then we have the following headlines:

I will let you draw your own conclusions.


3 Responses to “A short analysis of £48.8bn of government contracts”

  1. Simon on November 21st, 2011 23:13

    Are DfT cheap or is that a proofing fail…?


  2. Dan on November 21st, 2011 23:16

    Corrected. Proofing fail. 🙂

  3. Pawan Kumar on January 24th, 2012 08:47

    do you know who oversees these contracts, is there a regulatory or governing body e.g. FSA or Oftel.
    Kind Regards,

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