HMRC has now revised the contract that it holds with Capgemini and other major sub-contractors such as Accenture and Fujitsu. Known as the Aspire contract, this agreement is for IT provision with particular emphasis on reducing HMRC’s IT running costs until 2017. The revised agreement aims to save HMRC £110 million per annum.

A programme of standardising systems and investments in newer technologies is set to meet the needs of HMRC while driving down costs. These savings should be evident from 2011-2012 tax year.

The agreement means exclusivity for all Aspire service providers until 2013.Also Capgemini have extended their involvement with HMRC to include acting as procurer for all office IT equipment.

Chief Executive, Permanent Secretary for HMRC, Leslie Strathie said: “HMRC and Capgemini have worked together to achieve outstanding savings for the Department. This is just one of the ways HMRC will be reducing operating costs and it signals the intent to bring IT costs down as announced in the 2009 Budget.”

CEO of Capgemini Aspire, Nigel Martin commented: “The latest change to the Aspire contract has been made possible by collaboration both with HMRC and Capgemini’s Aspire partners particularly Fujitsu, our core infrastructure partner, and Accenture. Together we’re helping HMRC respond to a challenging environment and our flexible contract is continuing to set the standard for all outsourcing arrangements five years after it was first signed. The new agreement would not have been possible without our track record of reliable service and up to 200 projects delivered on time and within budget for HMRC each and every year.”

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