Permanent Recruitment Solutions

Permanent recruitment services for the public sector including: contingency recruitment, executive search and talent mapping.


This framework provides contracting authorities with a comprehensive choice of suppliers to provide recruitment services to central government, wider public sector and third sector, under the following models:

  • Contingency recruitment (general recruitment) – a non-exclusive recruitment service with payment on fulfilment
  • Retained search (executive search) – a recruitment service involving closer engagement with customers and higher service levels. This service is expected to be used for senior, executive and/or niche and specialist roles
  • Talent mapping – a research service to create recruitment insights and competitive intelligence for customers.

The framework was developed alongside key HR stakeholders within the public sector to provide a compliant route to candidates for permanent roles and as a solution for difficult to fill roles while also supporting diversity and inclusion ambitions within the public sector, improve fill rates and reduce time to hire.

This agreement gives public sector bodies the ability to secure recruitment services regionally and nationally across the UK to hire quality candidates under a variety of specialisms including administrative; operational; digital, data and technology (DDaT); corporate services; (including commercial, HR, marcomms, property and legal); finance and project delivery. The framework is a multi-lot preferred supplier list covering the hiring of permanent, fixed term and inward secondments through identification, attraction, evaluation methods identified within the services.

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  • Compliant route to candidates for permanent roles via recruitment agencies
  • Access to capable suppliers leading to increased fill rates and avoidance of repeated campaign costs
  • Ability to direct award – giving choice and flexibility to hiring managers and reducing time to hire by avoiding competing for all requirements
  • Capped maximum rates, protecting contracting authorities to market increases
  • Mandatory Services covering the identification, attraction, evaluation and offer stages of recruitment activity
  • Access to additional Services covering Assessment Centres, Testing and Interview Support
  • Attraction methods (social media, microsites, job boards etc.) built into the cost of the services – no hidden costs
  • Requirement for suppliers to work towards Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion requirements and help contracting authorities to achieve their own D&I ambitions
  • Suppliers required to develop Employer Value Proposition (EVP) to ensure contracting authorities are attractive to the candidate market
  • Split into specialisms and job families to ensure access to niche and boutique specialist recruitment agencies including SMEs
  • Access to the development of talent mapping and talent pools to aid future workforce planning
  • Staged payments for executive search to reduce the financial risks involved with unsuccessful campaigns
  • Support from the Crown Commercial Service customer team and framework management team is available to access and use the framework
  • Management Information is available on demand for all customers to detail reported spend and market analysis
  • Consistent Terms and Conditions
  • Dedicated supplier management from CCS, with KPIs at framework and call-off level
  • Discounts for volume campaigns.

Products and suppliers

There are 51 suppliers on this framework

Lot 1 : General Recruitment - Administrative & Operational Roles


10 suppliers

Lot 2 : General Recruitment - Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT)


22 suppliers

Lot 3 : General Recruitment - Corporate


18 suppliers

Lot 4 : General Recruitment - Finance


10 suppliers

Lot 5 : General Recruitment - Project Delivery


7 suppliers

Lot 6 : Executive Search - Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT)


24 suppliers

Lot 7 : Executive Search - Senior Roles


14 suppliers

Lot 8 : Talent Mapping


5 suppliers

How to buy

RM6002 allows two routes to market, Direct Award and Further Competition.

Direct award

To direct award under the framework without holding a further competition you should:

  1. Develop a statement of requirements and determine whether this can be met by a supplier
  2. Confirm that all the terms of the framework and the call-off terms do not require amendment or any supplementary terms and conditions
  3. Award a call-off contract with the successful framework supplier(s) using the RM6002 short order call-off form.

Further competition

To award a call-off contract under the framework through a further competition you should:

  1. Develop a statement of requirements identifying the framework supplies capable of providing the services through a process of shortlisting
  2. Amend or refine this template call-off form and call-off terms to the reflect the services required.Include these in the invitation to tender pack, along with award criteria and further competition process
  3. Invite tenders by conducting a further competition in accordance with the regulations.

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