Public sector organisations across the UK are increasingly asking how they can use their powers of procurement to drive ‘better work’. There are opportunities to promote good work by linking the awarding of contracts to suppliers who demonstrate good work practices – such as paying the voluntary Living Wage, offering secure contracts or providing training opportunities to employees. However, public bodies also face a range of strategic, practical and legal considerations if the potential of ‘good work procurement’ is to be fully realised.
This guide is a practical resource designed to support the development and implementation of ‘good work procurement’ strategies. Based on learning from the North East and other parts of the UK, it is primarily aimed at public sector decision makers as well as strategic and operational leaders. It may also be of interest to commissioning and procurement teams, alongside others interested in delivering good work locally, regionally and nationally.