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By | Paul Kunert 24th July 2014 09:36

Psst. Hey, Jock. I got £100m for outsourcers here. Fancy a hit?

Scottish government's giant pile'o'dosh quivers as it awaits MSP bidders

A £100m pot of cash for managed service providers will form part of the Scottish government's next public sector-wide tech agreement.

A prior information notice on the Official Journal of the EU was distributed to suppliers for the replacement to the Scottish Procurement Framework, which is currently winding down.

"Scottish procurement wishes to appoint a number of suppliers to operate under a new framework that will be available for use with the Scottish public sector," the notice stated.

The scope of work include data and hardware hosting, desktop support, help desk and testing services, server support and maintenance, service integration and technical partnering services as a managed service.

The framework will be open to Scottish Ministers, non-departmental public bodies, emergency services, health boards, the Student Loans Company and the Forestry Commission north of the border.

The estimated spend is between £50m to £100m but as with all government frameworks, there is no guaranteed level of spend. The total value really depends on whether departments and agencies use it.

A start date for the framework was not given but will likely be included when a full blown tender is published on OJEU. ®

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