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Home Office extends its Fujitsu contract until 2018

David Bicknell Published 27 October 2016

Department confirms it is moving away from large IT contracts to single suppliers – but said it was extending Fujitsu’s contract to 2018 to ensure a “smooth transition” to new services

 

The Home Office has confirmed that it has extended its large-scale IT outsourcing contract with Fujitsu until 2018.

The contract, dubbed ‘Sirius’, is one of the longest running contracts in government and reflects the closeness of the relationship between the Home Office and Fujitsu.

A Home Office spokesperson said, “The Home Office is committed to delivering excellent services and value for money for the taxpayer. That’s why we are ending the culture of awarding large IT contracts to single suppliers and instead working towards smaller, more flexible agreements with a broader list of companies.

“As we make this change, it is important we ensure a smooth transition to these new services. We have therefore extended the transition period of our Fujitsu contract until April 2018.”

It is understood that the Home Office has already terminated some elements of the services provided under the Sirius legacy contract and either brought them in house or retendered competitively.

A couple of weeks ago, Fujitsu announced plans to cut up to 1800 jobs in the UK. It was understood then that the changes were not being driven by changes in its public sector contracts, a fact seemingly borne out by the extension of the Sirius contract.

Fujitsu promised that no UK jobs will disappear as a result of its ‘transformation programme’ until 2017.

In a statement, Fujitsu said, “Fujitsu is planning a transformation programme that will enable it to better support customers in the era of digital transformation. The company today advised its employee representative forum of plans to restructure the organisation in order to provide better service and respond more quickly to customer needs.

“As part of the programme, Fujitsu plans to streamline operations in order to remain competitive in the market. Proposed measures include changes which would result in a reduction of up to 1,800 jobs in the UK. All affected employees will be offered guidance and support and Fujitsu is establishing a consultation process with elected employee representatives.”

 








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