In a move that will further reduce the number of period panel contracts, and hot on the heels of the issue of the EOI for Accreditation of ICT Services, NSW Department of Commerce has announced an industry briefing regarding the proposed consolidation of the three labour hire panel contracts.
Contract 100, as it will be known, has been named Contingent Workforce. It will consolidate three existing panel contracts:
- 1078 - Labour Hire Administrative, Finance and Specialist Personnel
- 755 - Temporary Professional, Technical and Industrial Staff
- 881 - IT Contracting Personnel
1078 has typically been thought of by the labour hire industry as being the ‘white collar’ contract and 755 the ‘blue collar’ contract. Presumably the combined contract is expected by Commerce to provide significant efficiencies and effectiveness beyond those gained by having the three separate contracts.
Contract 100 will be in place for a period of three years with two extension options each of one year duration. If the contract runs its course, it means that labour hire companies who do not make this round will be locked out of supplying to NSW government for up to five years.
As with the ICT Services Accreditation, industry will have many questions regarding the intended arrangements. Unlike the ICT Services EOI however, companies will have a chance to learn more about the intended contract by attending the briefing session.