New edition of Outsource Magazine – and whither public sector outsourcing?

We've raved before about the quality of Outsource Magazine and the new Winter edition is out now, at least digitally. I haven't had my copy through the post so maybe it's stuck in the Christmas mail...

Anyway, it includes an article from me entitled "Public Problems" (that's the title in the on-line version anyway)!

In it, I've looked in some depth at a particular issue that's been puzzling me - the lack of government activity in the outsourcing space.

"It is hard to think of a single major outsourcing announcement from central government, let alone a clear strategy or any live programmes actually coming to market. Now I can’t guarantee that we haven’t missed something, but it is very clear that the coalition government has not embraced outsourcing to any significant extent as a weapon in its armoury in these troubled economic times".

Why is that? Surely outsourcing is a key methodology for reducing cost, improving service etc etc etc. So why haven't Francis Maude and friends got behind it and pushed Whitehall into some serious action in this space? As I say:

"So surely bringing the skills and experience of the private sector to bear would be sensible, particularly in back-office areas where the public has no great hang-up about the public / private divide (unlike in front line healthcare for example)?

So why haven’t we seen this?

That's the question I try and address in the full article. We'll come back to it in the New Year but in the meantime you can read the full article (see link above). And you can even get a free subscription to what is a very impressive and readable magazine.

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  1. Final Furlong:

    B&T: for once, I must disagree with you. There are many sophisticated, complex, unique and distinguished reasons why public sector outsourcing is so quintessentially bollocks.

  2. bitter and twisted:

    Cant we just admit that public sector outsourcing is basically bollocks?

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