I am sure the successful recruitment agency winners of the recently announced Federal Health Department’s temp/contract panel must be delighted with their win.
The whole process began in the middle of August last year when the Department called for tender submissions to provide temp and contract recruitment services to the head office in Canberra and regional offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Alice Springs.
As industry news service, ShortList, quoting from the tender documents, reported at the time,
"This panel will be non-exclusive. Nothing in its establishment precludes the [client] from procuring the same services through another procurement process………… no volume of work is guaranteed to any one supplier."
The tender closed on 15 September, 2010. Fifty nine weeks later an announcement about the successful bidders was made (WTF were they doing all that time? Reading two submission per week?). What a thrill it must have been for the winners to have to wait for so long and find out that they were sharing the spoils with, wait for it .........26 other recruitment agencies!
Wow. A non-exclusive panel, no guarantee of any work and 26 other ‘winners’. And we only had to wait for five seasons to find this out. Where do I sign up for more of these?
So let me make sure I’m interpreting this correctly; many hundreds of (cumulative) hours of recruitment agency time was invested to produce documents that were then reviewed for many hundreds (thousands?) of hours by (tens of?) public servants to make a decision about which 27 agencies would compete for work that could be given out to any other recruiter at any other time, no reasons required.
And this is what we pay our taxes for?
What a joke.