Latest Public Sector News

05.04.18

Half of public sector procurement leads still not preparing for Brexit

Public sector procurement professionals have voiced a swathe of concerns regarding Brexit, with almost half arguing that they are unable to prepare for it – despite its major implications for the sector – because future trade arrangements are still unclear.

The findings, included in a CIPS survey, also revealed that 32% of these procurement professionals haven’t done any work to prepare for Brexit yet, while almost one in 10 said it was difficult to secure contracts after March 2019, when the UK is set to leave the EU.

But the survey, which looked at more than 2,000 supply chain managers, was not wholly negative. It found that 24% professionals have added contract clauses to allow for renegotiation after currency fluctuations and are looking for new suppliers – suggesting, therefore, a mixed picture across the public sector when it comes to Brexit.

A total of 40% of respondents said they were preparing risk analyses ahead of Brexit, but only 12% said they were fully prepared for the move. Similarly, only 13% said they were strengthening relationships with EU suppliers.

They have so far assigned varying levels of money to Brexit strategies: 11% spent less than £10,000 so far, while a quarter spent over £100,000 and almost half spent absolutely nothing “as they remain inert about what to do.”

A staggering 22% of respondents also said they didn’t know how much time public sector professionals needed to be fully prepared once the government had agreed an EU deal.

CIPS group director Duncan Brock commented: “Whether you’re working for business or for the taxpayer, higher costs in the supply chain is a big issue as Brexit reshapes supply chains.

“This aura of inertia is compounded by a lack of clarity about the direction of travel even with the new transition period arrangement. The government needs to get a Brexit proposal on the table and start negotiating. Though the noise around negotiations should be dampened, it only fuels uncertainty and causes more damage to UK suppliers.”

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER re... more >
Time to build a truly northern powerhouse

11/06/2019Time to build a truly northern powerhouse

Jack Hunter, a research fellow at think tank IPPR North, discusses how to u... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >