Oxfordshire County Council has revealed that is planning to outsource a range of back office transactional services that it provides to schools in the region and is currently engaging with the market to better understand its requirements.
The deal could reach £50 million and will see a provider take control of schools' finance, HR and payroll for the Council.
It is expected that the Council will begin the procurement process in spring of this year.
“This PIN (prior information notice) is intended to alert the market to this forthcoming procurement and also to undertake market engagement to enable the Council to shape its requirements ahead of the procurement process,” said the Council.
“It is anticipated that Oxfordshire County Council would look for a contract duration of 4 years with the option to extend by up to a further 4 years however we are looking for the market's view on this among other areas.”
Elsewhere, Oxfordshire County Council already has an agreement Hampshire County Council to share some of its IT services, including its SAP systems. At the time of signing it was expected that the shared services deal would save Oxfordshire £1 million over three years.