Services - 134953-2021

17/03/2021    S53

United Kingdom-Belfast: Personnel and payroll services

2021/S 053-134953

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Services

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: CPD — Supplies and Services Division
Postal address: 303 Airport Road West
Town: Belfast
NUTS code: UK United Kingdom
Postal code: BT3 9ED
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: ssdadmin.cpd@finance-ni.gov.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps
Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

The Provision of Electronic Human Resource and Related ICT Services Northern Ireland Civil Service (e-HR programme)

Reference number: P17980
II.1.2)Main CPV code
79631000 Personnel and payroll services
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

Following an open competition (advertised in the Official Journal of the EU in 2003), the Department of Finance (DoF) entered into a Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) with Fujitsu on 29 March 2006 for the provision of Electronic Human Resource and related ICT Services for the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) and a number of Non Departmental Public Bodies. The SPA (known as e-HR) provided an end to end fully managed solution for the provision of payroll and HR services. The system is heavily customised to align to its users' wide range of HR policies and procedures. The SPA expires on 29 March 2021, however it has become unavoidably necessary to continue to maintain the existing systems and services beyond this point. The Department of Finance intends to modify the Strategic Partnership Agreement in accordance with Regulation 72(1)(b) due to the economic and technical reasons and the substantial duplication of cost and significant inconvenience associated with changing to a new contractor to support the current systems and services whilst the Department procures a replacement solution. This voluntary transparency notice has been published to alert economic operators of DoF's intentions to modify the SPA with effect from the 29 March 2021 for a period of 4 years with 2 further annual options to extend. DoF intends to launch a procurement competition and award a replacement contract for the next generation of HR Services before this modification expires.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 86 800 000.00 GBP
II.2)Description
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
72300000 Data services
72260000 Software-related services
79631000 Personnel and payroll services
72510000 Computer-related management services
72253200 Systems support services
79414000 Human resources management consultancy services
79410000 Business and management consultancy services
79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN0 Northern Ireland
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The eHR Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) is a fully managed contract for the provision of payroll and HR systems and services. The system has been heavily customised over the last 15 years to align to its users wide range of HR policies and procedures. The SPA is an end to end HR and Payroll solution including the provision and management of hardware/software and services. The modification will extend the SPA from 29 March 2021 for a period of 4 years with 2 further annual options to extend. The original contract notice 2003/S 186-168054 showed the contract term as 10 years support from the point of the implementation of the services, with an option to extend the contract for a further 5 years. The contract notice stated that this period was subject to negotiation during the procurement phase. During the negotiation phase, it was agreed that the contract period would be 15 years (as opposed to 10 years with an option to extend for a further 5 years), however the contract award didn’t reflect the additional time for the implementation of services which had been intended in the original contract notice. The full implementation for all services under the e-HR contract took almost 4 years which is the initial period for this extension. The additional 2 annual options to extend will provide contingency for any delays during the procurement phase or implementation period for the replacement contract. The value of the 4 year extension is estimated at GBP 58.2 million. The accumulative value of the 5 years extension is estimated at GBP 72.8 million and the accumulative value of the 6 years extension is estimated at GBP 86.8 million.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

This voluntary transparency notice has been published to alert economic operators of the Department of Finance's intention to modify the eHR Strategic Partnership Agreement with Fujitsu under regulation 72(1)(b) of the Public Contract Regulations. The modification will take the form of an extension from 29 March 2021 until 29 March 2025 (with 2 further annual options to extend). A modification notice will be published after the modification has been formalised.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure without prior publication
  • The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons
Explanation:

This voluntary transparency notice is to alert economic operators to the Department of Finance's intention to modify the eHR Strategic Partnership Agreement with Fujitsu for a period of 4 years (with 2 further annual options to extend) using regulation 72(1)(b) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 as amended. The eHR Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) is a fully managed contract for the provision of payroll and HR systems and services. The e-HR SPA ends on 29 March 2021, however it is unavoidably necessary to continue to maintain the existing systems and services beyond this point. The current Contractor provides an end to end service and manages the hardware/software required to deliver the HRConnect solution. The Department of Finance intends to modify the current eHR managed service contract in accordance with Regulation 72(1)(b) due to the significant economic costs and technical complexities associated with changing to a new contractor at this point. This existing single contractor managed service arrangement includes the supply of a broad range of payroll, HR and related ICT services (including, without limitation, on-going management, operation and maintenance support), underpinned by computer hardware, software and associated products. The Oracle solution is heavily customised to align with the NICS HR policies and procedures. The current contractor has acquired the intellectual property and know how to maintain and develop the system over the last 15 years to reflect the varying requirements of the NICS departments and their associated bodies. The change of contractor for the critical managed service, for a relatively short period of time, during which replacement contract(s) will be procured and implemented, would introduce an unacceptable risk of system failure and will cause substantial duplication of costs and significant inconvenience to the contracting authority and a potential disruption to public services.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

Section V: Award of contract/concession

V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of contract award decision:
29/03/2006
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Official name: Fujitsu Services Ltd
National registration number: 22 Baker Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI London
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: james.taylor@fujitsu.com
Internet address: www.fujitsu.co.uk
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 185 000 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting
The contract/lot/concession is likely to be subcontracted
Value or proportion likely to be subcontracted to third parties
Proportion: 60 %
Short description of the part of the contract to be subcontracted:

The recruitment, shared services and HR related Services are subcontracted.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The value of the modification for the maximum 6 years is GBP 86.8 million. The original value of the contract awarded in 2006 was GBP 185 million.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: NI Courts and Tribunal Service
Town: Belfast
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

UK Contracting Authorities do not have a review procedure in place. Economic operators have access to the NI Courts and Tribunal Service if they wish to issue a claim against a contract modification or contract award under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended).

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
12/03/2021