Decision details

Service Provision of Temporary and Interim Staff Resources

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Staffordshire County Council (SCC) is undertaking the re-procurement of a service for the provision of temporary and interim human resources. Temporary staffing forms a valuable, highly flexible key resource to assist the Council in delivering services. It is anticipated that the value of this procurement may exceed £34M over the proposed term of the contract.




“We have over 3,000 valued full-time equivalent employees at the county council; however, we do need temporary employees for a variety of reasons and most notably in front line service areas. This supports us in ensuring we are highly flexible and respond to the needs of our teams as soon as possible. We have in place a sourcing organisation to streamline this process which is well regarded by agency suppliers due to its fair payment processes.”  


Alan White, Leader of the Council 


Reasons for the Decision To consider the arrangements for the provision to supply temporary and interim human resources (agency workers) to the County Council to provide cover for vital frontline services. 


Decision – (a) That the Council continues to operate a neutral vendor model for the provision of temporary and interim human resources.  


(b) That the Council awards and enters into a 3 + 1 year call-off contract from Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) framework agreement 653F_23 – Managed Services for Temporary Agency Resources (MSTAR4) with Comensura.  

Report author: Jason Gracey

Publication date: 18/01/2024

Date of decision: 17/01/2024

Decided at meeting: 17/01/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/01/2024

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