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Recommendations For Tackling Gender Disparity For Governments

Clearly, the UK Government is a leader in the field of open data and transparency: it is this commitment to transparency as well as a commitment to addressing the issue of gender and work that has made this research possible. Whilst some of this report may make it difficult reading for some parts of the public ...
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Does Government Business Correlate To Gender Disparity?

As part of our Procuring Inequality report, we've analysed whether winning government business equates to a gender pay disparity. By linking gender disparity data on who won contracts with the category and value of those contracts, we are able to show for the first time whether there is a positive or negative correlation between the value ...

The Worst Performing Suppliers To Government In The Gender Pay Divide.

As our analysis of the gender pay gap within strategic suppliers to government from our Procuring Inequality report, showed a broad overlap between the largest categories by contract value and the worst-performing categories by gender pay gap. In the top ten categories for gender pay disparity, six of the categories also feature in the top ten categories ...

Does The Number Of Women In Top Jobs Affect The Gender Pay Divide?

Through the creation of our report Procuring Inequality, we have analysed the proportion of women in the top jobs among the highest value procurement categories. We did this by looking at the top quartile of employment, that is to say, the 25% highest paying jobs in organisations. Within this 25% of  ‘top jobs’ we look at the ...
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How The Gender Pay Gap Differs By Procurement Category.

As part of our exploration into the gender pay gap through our report, Procuring Inequality, we analysed the industry sectors and how their pay divide compared. Concerningly, £133bn in contracts went to sectors with a pay bias to men of over 22%. These sectors were almost evenly split at £67bn for Architectural and Engineering and £66bn for ...

Exploring The Gender Pay Gap in Strategic Suppliers To Government

From our report, Procuring Inequality, the disparity in the gender pay gap is stark when looking at the strategic suppliers to the Government. Strategic suppliers are those organisations that the government’s Crown Commercial Service function has identified as critical to the delivery of public services. Because the stability of these supplier companies could affect the delivery of ...

Do Government Buyers Perform Better In Gender Parity?

Part of our report Procuring Inequality, includes a gender pay gap comparison between Government departments and significant suppliers to government. Our analysis of ministerial departments shows a significant bias in favour of men (9.85%). The bias is better than the national average for all organisations reporting a pay gap (11.47%). Clearly performing better than the national average ...

Our New Global Classification Tool

We recently launched our new global classification tool. Just three months later and we've been able to launch an upgraded version, which now achieves an accuracy rate of 92%, an improvement of 8% on the original algorithm. We're not finished either. We're starting to develop custom classifications for our customers, and we're tackling new challenges to enhance the data ...

UK Government Procurement Under Pressure

Yesterday the FT published an article, £19bn of UK Covid-related contracts awarded without seeking rival bids. The report reviewed the value of direct award government contracts over the pandemic, and was based on Spend Network's government contract data, analysed for the 12 months to March 18, when the govenrment first invoked its emergency procurement procedures. Our data showed ...

Selling to procurement: Why No One Cares About Your Product

Selling to procurement professionals is something that most people find frustrating, mainly because they are highly resistant to direct sales. Why? Well, no one in procurement cares about your product, they only care about making sure their organisation succeeds. That means the right product at the keenest possible price. So the following sales techniques are bound to fail: Calling ...

Our API: Data As A Service

The right data. When you want it. How you want it. Every day. Our API is built to meet your needs. That means the right data, every single day in a globally recognised data standard. It also means flexible search properties across millions of high-quality records in seconds. With easy-to-use tools, our product will your teams to build brilliant products faster ...

Data For Social Procurement

Social value has become an increasingly  critical feature of public procurement. The $13tn of global public procurement expenditure provides opportunities to meld policy and delivery in a pragmatic way. We have seen the Canadian government establish a preferential policy for minority owned businesses, something that has been a common feature of both US federal procurement and South ...

Missing Data Is A Known Unknown

There is a famous quote about the fragility of knowledge by Donald Rumsfeld, the hawkish US Secretary of Defence during the Iraq war: "as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not ...

The Problem With Frameworks

-Ian Makgill In my last post, I covered off framework agreements, and the advantages of using them for both government and suppliers.In this post I cover some of their less attractive features. Frameworks act to moderate the way in which buyers test a market, which is all well and good, but they do have some problems. They can suppress competition. If ...

Do Framework Agreements Have Value?

-Ian Makgill Framework agreements are like umbrella agreements, and are usually made with a group of providers to supply a set of goods or services. The initial framework tends to be a broad agreement which sets out general requirements that must be met before a supplier is able to join the contract. They are designed to 'refine' ...

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