Published date: 28 September 2020

This notice was replaced on 10 September 2021

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 8 July 2022)

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Contract summary


  • Recruitment services - 79600000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

28 September 2020

Approach to market date

1 May 2021

Contract start date

1 November 2021

Contract end date

2 November 2025

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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Crown Commercial Service, as the Authority, intends to put in place an agreement for the provision of Permanent Recruitment Services for use by Central Government and UK public sector bodies. This will be the replacement agreement for RM6002 Permanent Recruitment Solutions and will support the hiring needs of UK central government departments including arms-length bodies (ALBs) and all other public sector bodies across the wider public sector.

It is anticipated that Permanent Recruitment 2 will provide permanent and supporting services including, but not limited to,

- General recruitment
- Executive search
- Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO)
- Talent mapping
- Testing and assessment centres

The lotting structure of this framework will be determined as a result of the market engagement

More information

Spend profile

This table displays the spend profile of the notice
Financial year Budget
2021/2022 £15,000,000
2022/2023 £30,000,000
2023/2024 £45,000,000
2024/2025 £60,000,000

Additional text

This Prior Information Notice is to signal an intention to commence market engagement with those within the Recruitment market.

Crown Commercial Service intends to hold market engagement sessions during September 2020 to January 2021 with suppliers interested in potentially bidding for the resulting framework contract. If you are interested in attending a market engagement session please express your interest by emailing Further details will be provided to you.

Your email must clearly state: the name of your organisation, and contact details for the individual(s) who will participating in the market engagement.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will use an eSourcing system for this competition and reserves the right to use an electronic auction. The eSourcing system we will use is [].

Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.

The dates provided in this notice are estimated dates of publication, please refer to the CCS website page for updates and monitor Tenders Electronic Daily for the publication of the OJEU contract notice.

The Cyber Essentials scheme is mandatory for Central Government Contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. The Government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when properly implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.

To participate in this procurement, bidders will be required to demonstrate that they are Cyber Essentials certified for the services under and in connection with the procurement.

[The bidder may be awarded a contract but shall not enter into any call off contracts with buyers until they are able to demonstrate to CCS that they meet the technical requirements prescribed by the Cyber Essentials Scheme for services under and in connection with this procurement.]

The service that arise from this framework will involve the supplier holding material that has been assigned a protective marking under the Government Security Classifications Scheme (April 2014) of OFFICIAL/SENSITIVE. Bidders will be required to implement their solution in accordance with the RM6229 Schedule, "Security Requirement and Plan", to meet RM6229 requirements. This will be released at the ITT stage.

About the buyer

Contact name

The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service


9th Floor, The Capital Building, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP


+44 3450103503