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Cheers from This Week’s Public Procurement Cafe

Here’s our Friday rundown from the (imaginary) procurement cafe/bar/cave/biergarten (according to your location) of recent public sector stories, snippets and information from around Europe. Well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens is being spent by governments and public sector bodies, you would think it ought to be done well.

Do click through and read the full articles that interest you – some of them we will come back to in greater detail in due course.

UK Procurement Salaries and demand for Purchasing Professionals are on the Rise 

There’s good news this week for procurement practitioners – CIPS surveyed more than 4000 members revealing growing confidence within the sector, professionals seeking better salary packages and the opportunity to grow their careers. “Demand for procurement professionals has risen over the past 12 months driving salaries up 5%, compared to the national average rise of 2.9%, according to recruitment experts Hays.” Recruitment firm Robert Walters tells us that salaries for supply chain and procurement roles in the UK will rise by 5% in 2016, according to their latest Salary Survey. “With large corporations in the areospace, technology and FMCG industries conducting significant supply chain strategy reviews, demand for junior and mid-level procurement professionals is high, pushing up salaries,” it says.

Plunging public support for TTIP in US and Germany

According to EurActiv “Support for the transatlantic trade deal known as TTIP has fallen sharply in Germany and the United States, a survey showed on Thursday (21 April), days before Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama meet to try to breathe new life into the pact … The survey, conducted by YouGov for the Bertelsmann Foundation, showed that only 17% of Germans believe the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a good thing, down from 55% two years ago. In the United States, only 18% support the deal compared to 53% in 2014. Nearly half of US respondents said they did not know enough about the agreement to voice an opinion.” Obama and Merkel will be discussing the TTIP deal next week in Hanover, while France threatens to pull out altogether.

GPP 2020 project tenders save equivalent of more than nine oil tankers

The Procurement of Innovation Platform writes: “The project worked with public procurers in Europe to implement innovative, environmentally-friendly tenders. These impressive tenders were the basis for models that make it easier to purchase low-carbon goods and services. The equivalent of more than 700,000 tonnes of CO2 has been saved through the green procurement activities. Over the course of three years, more than 100 low-carbon tenders were implemented by over 40 public authorities in over ten countries. More here.

Auditors fault ‘weaknesses’ in EU grant spending

Politico says “The European Union’s agencies are not doing enough to find out whether the millions of euros in public money they give away in grants are achieving the desired goals, according to the EU’s top auditor. A report published Thursday by the European Court of Auditors into five EU agencies found “shortcomings” in how EU grants are monitored and assessed. It said procedures in place to select and award grant recipients did not always meet the EU’s standards of transparency.” A press release states that the potential for conflicts of interest still exist. More here. 

DfE failing to provide ‘clear view’ on academy spending

UK Public Sector Executive reports that “The Department for Education (DfE) does not know how much it is spending on academies, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said in a report on delays and shortcomings in the department’s finances.” Anna Croall of the Department of Education said: “This is an accounting issue, not an accountability issue.”