Sheffield Council narrows field for IT outsourcing

Sheffield City Council has long-listed five bidders for an outsourcing contract covering IT and other services that is set to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

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Sheffield City Council has long-listed five bidders for an outsourcing contract covering IT and other services that is set to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

The council is to outsource its IT, revenue and benefits, human resources, payroll, financial business transactions and business transformation services under its seven-year “Outstanding Sheffield” programme.

The longlisted bidders for the integrated services package are: Arvarto, BT, Capita, IBM, and Liberata Consortium.

A second bundle of services, covering property and facilities management, will be contested by Capita, IBM, Kier, Mouchel Parkman and Serco.

The council said it had received 96 expressions of interest, resulting in 19 completed pre-qualification questionnaires across the two bundles of services.

Council leader Jan Wilson said: "We are always aiming to improve our services and offer better value for money. We want to deliver outstanding services to the people of Sheffield and we're looking for a partner who
can work alongside us to deliver those services."

Sheffield’s IT and communications, revenues and benefits, payroll and some financial transaction services are currently provided by Liberata, under a £30m contract that ends next year.

The deal saw Sheffield and Liberata unveil a new integrated council tax and benefits system in February 2006.

Prospective bidders for the new contracts are to submit their outline proposals by 23 October.

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