The Leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, is urging the government to select IT contractors from a wider range of sources, rather than always awarding contracts to large technology companies, such as Capita. He said that these jobs should not always be reserved for “the big players” and that smaller outfits should also have the opportunity to provide these services for the government.
During a speech in London, Mr Cameron said that these smaller outfits may well be voluntary groups or small firms but either way they would typically be “inventive and doing exciting things.” Mr Cameron’s speech backs up the Conservative Party stance on freeing the government and, indeed, the marketplace from “monopoly supply” situations.
He continued, “At the moment in the civil service there’s a sort of mentality of ‘no-one got fired for giving the contract to Capita. We’ve got to have a culture that’s a little bit more experimental and is prepared to take a leap sometimes with a small organisation.”
George Osborne, Shadow Chancellor, spoke in January of plans to open up the Whitehall’s IT outsourcing in a move which he claimed would save £600 million per year and would result in a “better IT deal for the taxpayer”. His plan included large projects being divided into smaller, manageable pieces which could be individually sourced out, therefore several companies and contractors could be working on the same project instead of the contract being awarded as a whole to one large company.