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CCS launches £250m PHRF2 framework pre-tender

Neil Merrett Published 07 March 2016

Market engagement to be held later this month for successor agreement to back office procurement vehicle for managed services that expired last December


The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued a pre-tender for a £250m replacement payroll, HR and finance (PHRF) managed services framework.

Identified as PHRF2, the agreement will be open to central government, local authorities, as well as emergency service providers and follows a previous attempt at a pre-tender for a similar replacement framework in 2014 that did not result in a procurement exercise.

Government Computing understands that a number of new potential customers for the agreement have now been identified leading to CCS opting to move forward with a fresh pre-tender.

The new framework will replace the previous back office managed services PHRF agreement that was launched in 2011 and expired on December 1 last year.

While focused on the provision of managed services, the pre-tender notice says that PHRF2 may also include certain outsource elements for public sector organisations.

"It is envisaged that a spectrum of services will be required to meet the diverse range of customer requirements and differing rates of adoption. Requiring the services to be available separately or integrated, ranging from bureau-type helpdesk services with access to software, through to fully- managed, outsourced provision," said the notice.

"It is envisaged that a range of suppliers and services will be required to meet these distinct requirements."

Functions including financial information systems and consultancy, enterprise resource planning, as well as quality assurance capabilities are expected to be provided through the agreement.

According to CCS, a workshop event has been scheduled for March 22 to allow for market engagement and consultation with parties interested in the exercise.

The engagement period will be used to help test assumptions about the proposals and set out best practice to meet the key aims of the procurement.

On the back of the workshop, parties with interest in the procurement will have until April 11 to submit additional supplementary materials.

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