Permanent Recruitment Solutions

Permanent recruitment services for the public sector including: general recruitment, executive search and talent mapping to fill permanent, fixed term requirements and inward secondments.


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

  • General Recruitment (Contingency Model) – a non-exclusive recruitment service with payment on fulfilment
  • Executive Search (Retained Model) – 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 including Non-Executive Directors.
  • 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 permanent recruitment services.  The framework is a complimentary agreement to the services provided by Government Recruitment Service (GRS). The framework should be seen as solution for difficult to fill roles or for campaigns best suited under the management of a recruitment agency.

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
  • 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. Additional services of assessment centres, testing and interview support can also be sourced under the framework.

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  • Compliant route to candidates for permanent roles via recruitment agencies.
  • Flexibility for hiring managers and departments to choose how and who they engage with from the supplier list.
  • Access to capable suppliers leading to increased fill rates and avoidance of repeated campaign costs.
  • Ability to direct award – saving time and cost of competing 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.
  • Discounts built into the pricing for volume and multiple hires.
  • Support from the Crown Commercial Service customer team and framework management team is available.
  • 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.
  • Civil Service Recruitment Principles built into the framework.

Products and suppliers

There are 46 suppliers on this agreement

Lot 1: General Recruitment - Administrative & Operational Roles Expired: 01/07/2022
Lot 2: General Recruitment - Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Expired: 01/07/2022
Lot 3: General Recruitment - Corporate Expired: 01/07/2022
Lot 4: General Recruitment - Finance Expired: 01/07/2022
Lot 5: General Recruitment - Project Delivery Expired: 01/07/2022
Lot 6: Executive Search - Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT)


22 suppliers

Lot 7: Executive Search - Senior Roles


13 suppliers

Lot 8: Talent Mapping


4 suppliers

How to buy

How to buy

RM6002 allows two routes to market, Direct Award and Further Competition. Users should check their own internal governance process prior to engaging with suppliers under the agreement.

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 the framework services.
  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. Review suppliers under a Lot to determine if one supplier can meet requirements. Use the Capability Matrix, Rate Card, Supplier Prospectuses to help support your decision.
  4. Award to a supplier based on justifications that fall under “value for money” decision based on price, cost-effectiveness and/or quality. 
  5. Sign 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 suppliers capable of providing the services through a process of shortlisting.
  2. Amend or refine the template call-off form and call-off terms to the reflect the services required. 
  3. Develop evaluation criteria and scoring methodology.
  4. Publish invitation to tender pack, along with award criteria and further competition process.
  5. Invite all capable suppliers under a Lot to tender by conducting a further competition in accordance with the regulations.
  6. Evaluate tenders, score and provide feedback to bidders
  7. Sign Call-off document with the successful supplier including any supplementary terms or schedules that you identified in the tender.

Please contact for support in accessing the agreement. A detailed process map can be found in the documents tab.