Executive & Non-Executive Recruitment Services

All public sector organisations can access executive and non-executive recruitment services for permanent, fixed term and inward secondment roles.


We have defined the available recruitment services as core or non-core.

You can access both core and non-core services on a modular basis. This means you buy only the services you need, when you need them and not as part of an end to end service.

You have the option to access all core services from suppliers as part of an end to end recruitment service.

Core modular services include:

  • identifying and attracting potential applicants to apply for positions
  • assessment and evaluation
  • offer and appointment

All core services include customer planning.

Non-core modular services are not included as part of the end to end recruitment service but can be accessed if needed. These services include:

  • strategy and planning (such as workforce planning which includes assessing recruitment gaps and ensuring your organisation has the right people with the right skills)
  • talent development services
  • talent mapping: this is the process of finding future talent by evaluating your organisation’s current talent gap and identifying candidates with high potential that you may be able to recruit
  • reserve lists and talent pools
  • executive development and coaching
  • technology services such as applicant tracking systems (ATS) and video interviews
  • international recruitment

This agreement will provide recruitment services for all the UK. This includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It will replace the pre-existing executive search lots for RM6002 Permanent Recruitment Solutions.

It will have a minimum contract of 2 years, with the option to extend for an additional 2 years if needed.


  • hiring managers and departments can choose who they engage with from the supplier list and how
  • access capable suppliers, which will lead to increased fill rates and will avoid repeated campaign costs
  • ability to direct award which can save you time and money
  • capped maximum costs which will protect contracting authorities from market price increases
  • no hidden costs: methods of attracting candidates, such as social media, digital campaigns and job boards are included in the cost of the service
  • suppliers must work towards civil service diversity and inclusion (D&I) requirements and should help contracting authorities to achieve their own D&I ambitions
  • suppliers must develop employer value proposition (EVP) to ensure candidates want to work for the contracting authorities organisation
  • EVP includes any benefits that the worker will receive in return for their work such as pay, learning and development opportunities and the culture of the organisation
  • discounts are available when hiring more than 1 candidate
  • support is available from our customer and agreement management teams

Carbon Reduction

All suppliers for this agreement have committed to comply with the Procurement Policy Note 06/21: 'Taking account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major government contracts' as required. If a supplier is required to publish a carbon reduction plan, you can find it on their individual supplier details page.

Products and suppliers

There are 60 suppliers on this agreement

Lot 1: Executive Search - Grade 6, SCS1 & SCS2 (and equivalents)


51 suppliers

Lot 2: Executive Search - SCS3 & SCS4 (and equivalents)


26 suppliers

Lot 3: Non-Executive and Public Appointments


26 suppliers

How to buy

You can buy from this agreement using direct award or further competition.

You can also use an Expression of Interest (EOI). This will allow your organisation to go to suppliers with your needs and measure their interest.

If suppliers do not respond to your EOI or decline their interest, you do not need to invite them to main tender.

Further competition

You can use your own eSourcing system or you can use our eSourcing tool to run your further competition. If this is your first time using our eSourcing suite, you will need to register an account.

To run a further competition you will need to:

  1. clearly define your requirements, see template T2 Attachment 3 Statement of Requirements
  2. determine which lot is most suitable for your needs,
  3. issue a request for information (RFI) (optional)
  4. develop tender documents
  5. identify the suppliers who are capable of meeting your needs, you can use the supplier capability matrix to complete this
  6. establish appropriate timescales for your procurement
  7. issue expression of interest (EOI) (optional)
  8. issue tender to all agreement suppliers identified
  9. evaluate supplier responses
  10. award a contract to the successful supplier(s) and notify unsuccessful suppliers
  11.  you may wish to include a 10 day standstill period before award (optional)

 If you need help accessing the agreement, contact our customer service centre.

Direct award

To direct award without holding a further competition you should: 

  1. develop your specification
  2. review the supplier capability matrix to determine which suppliers are capable of meeting your needs
  3. develop your direct award criteria and apply it to the prospectuses for each capable supplier to establish which supplier provides the best value for money
  4. contact the supplier that you have selected and provide them with your specification so that they may complete their conflict of interest checks and confirm that they have the relevant capability and capacity
  5. award the call-off contract with the supplier by sending a completed and signed Framework Schedule 6 Order Form Template and Call-Off Schedules
    1. your chosen supplier should promptly sign and return the order form template (this can be done electronically)