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UK Government cut down on Legacy Tech Contracts

August 18, 2017 | By | No Comments

The weeks seem to be moving so quickly this year, it feels that as soon as I put out the blog I am writing the next one. Well that only means we are working hard and getting things done at EGB and look forward to even further success. Maybe the reason it feels so fast is that there are two birthdays close together, last week mine, this week our Operations Manager Sheree. She loved the gifts and the Beauty and the Beast themed birthday cake that the office gave her.

Onto this week’s blog, it is taking a look into the Public Sector disaggregation of contracts which have started to affect some large businesses. A recently published report by TechMarketView has shown that certain business that handle contracts for the Public Sector are getting hit by the Government’s contract disaggregation. Simply put, the government wanted to remove the Oligopoly that certain business had gained over the IT contacts that the government were offering. To name a couple of the businesses that were affected are: BT and DXC (Merger of Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Computer Sciences Corporation). This would be down to the fact that these two companies held a large share of government contracts.

The hit hasn’t been insignificant either, with DXC’s revenue (Based on TechMarketView’s UK Public Sector Software, IT & Business Process Services (SITS) top 20 ranking) dropping 11% for the year of 2016 to $1.2bn. The BT group saw a drop of 20% in its sales through the public sector coming to £513m, with Serco suffering the worst drop of 45% down to £194m. “It was those that had a large legacy footprint in central government, that continued to suffer heavy declines: most notable are DXC and BT,” said the report.

This could spell out good news for contractors as with these IT contracts being split up maybe some requirements will trickle down to be handled internally rather than outsourced to a company. Or perhaps with small organisations taking on the contracts there will be more chance for Contractors to be assigned. It will take time to tell if there is a benefit, though it may not be realised at all with Brexit on the horizon.

There are some comments that suggest the disaggregation of contracts will come to a pause as Brexit throws too many spanners into the works. The mind set being that it would be far easier to renew current contracts rather than to retender them for different businesses which would be a far more complex process.

It wasn’t all bad news, at least based on the figures, for companies who are part of SITS list. Capita who are on the top of the list had a 3% increase of its Public Sector Sales taking it to 1.8bn, this accounts for roughly 47% of their total sales. Though the report emphasises that this gain is not a true one as “Capita acquired Trustmarque, the software reseller and services arm of Liberata Group in June 2016.” If balanced out would infer reduced revenue rather than growth, so we take that with a little bit of salt.

What are your views on the disaggregation of contracts by the government; do you think it is a waste of time or do you think this will end up providing better services? Whatever your view let us know in the comments below, as always, we are happy to hear from you. I am not too sure where I stand on it, just hope that it means there are more opportunities to help you all get some contracts.

Thanks for reading,



Dress code Discrimination

August 11, 2017 | By | No Comments

Welcome back to the EGB Blog and this one happens to land on my Birthday, Happy Birthday to me! We like to celebrate the birthdays of our colleagues in the office and do so with a gift and some cake, can’t ask for more than that! So, while I am kept in suspense, lets head towards the more typical contents of the blog. This week we are taking a look at discrimination in the workplace, specifically aimed at the way dress codes can seem far more specific for women than they do for men.

These issues first came to the lime light when receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home without pay because she decided against wearing high heels. Unfortunately, her employer’s dress code made it a requirement within the dress code for her role, this prompted Nicola Thorp to create a petition for the ban of such a practice. This petition garnered a lot of attention and ended with 150 thousand signatures when it came to an end. This prompted investigations by the Petition Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee into the allegations.

The two committees asked for those who had felt that they had been discriminated against to send their accounts of situations they had gone through. The committee received responses showing that female employees throughout the country had been told to dye and straighten their hair, wear revealing clothes, and constantly re-apply makeup. This prompted the committees to make recommendations to government to update the existing laws.

The Government has since responded to the petition, they rejected the calls for new laws stating that the current ones were adequate to cover these issues. While this seems all well and good, it seems that many businesses and organisations simply don’t have full understanding of the law or simply disregard it. To combat the former, the government intends to introduce a set of guidelines for employers, this will help them create Dress Codes which are not discriminatory.

Do you agree with the findings that enforcing a dress code policy that contains items like High Heels is discriminatory? Perhaps there have been times that you have been on the receiving end of such dress codes (hopefully you haven’t), but let us know your stories and thoughts below. I personally believe there should be equal requirements for whoever is fulfilling the role, which we fortunately have at EGB (and Causal Fridays!).

Thank you for reading,



GDPR: The big digital changes that are on the horizon

August 4, 2017 | By | No Comments

A busy week at EGB is coming to an end and we are all relieved that we have managed to get everything done. “Why are you so busy?” I hear you ask, I can’t really say too much yet but all will be revealed in an upcoming blog. Unfortunately, you will have to wait a few weeks to find out, but I will give you a small hint, change is on the horizon. On the topic of change (I am sure you could see that segue coming) there is far bigger and more wide-reaching change coming in 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force in the UK on the 25th of May and it will completely change the way that data is kept.

One of the major changes for organisations is how consent is given for the processing of information. When consent is being requested, it must be made clear what information is being stored and the reason for storing it. Consent has to be given in a positive manner, which means that a specific action needs to be taken to give consent. This means that consent cannot be based on Silence, Inactivity and pre-ticked boxes, which can be caused by consumers missing the option to opt out. Consent has to be verifiable, so if proof was requested it could be provided to show that consent was received. There also needs to be a system in place that allows consumer’s whose data has been stored, to revoke consent in an easy manner.

The GDPR will give a lot of control to the consumer in regards to the data which is being stored about them by an organisation. This control comes in a list of rights that the individual has over the data. To name a few; the right to access the information that has been stored, the right to be informed about the information that is stored, and the right to have the information erased. There are instances where these may not have to be abided by but that is very circumstantial compared to the existing rules in place.

The changes that the GDPR bring are wide spanning and complex, so much so that it is suggested that it would take around 15 months to properly prepare an organisation. There is a high chance that many businesses and organisations are going to need data protection specialists to help them prepare for the new rules. This is especially so as there is a requirement for certain organisations to have a Data Protection Officer to oversee the data handling processes and ensure compliance is kept.

The punishments for failing to meet the GDPR can be significantly more severe than the current punishments under the Data Protection act. Initially a warning would be sent to the organisation but if there are repeated or intentional infractions it can rise to a 20 million Euro fine or 4% of Annual Worldwide turnover, whichever is greater. So, we hope and expect to see some roles for data protection come in as organisations which will want to stay clear of these lofty penalties.

While the GDPR is an EU regulation it will apply to any and all businesses that deal with EU Citizens. This means that even after Brexit these rules would still apply to many business and organisations in the UK. What are your thoughts on the new regulations, Bureaucratic Nightmare, a safeguard for consumers or maybe it is somewhere in the middle instead? Whatever your thoughts, let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading,



Parliament Launches Enquiry into the Future of AI

July 28, 2017 | By | No Comments

The poor weather is back and what a surprise that is when we live in Britain, well at least it has cooled off enough to remove the muggy feeling that had been lingering. Looking back at the previous blogs we have been quite focussed on the defence sector so we are going to try and spread it out. To remedy this, we are going to look at including more expansive array of topics for the blog, with the hope to better suit the interests of the wide range of sectors we deal with. We hope that you enjoy the topics that we will be looking at and if there is anything you would like us to look at specifically, just drop us a comment.

Today’s topic is based on the news that the House of Lords has launched an enquiry into Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what it holds for the future. They are giving the chance for experts to offer their opinions on the effects that emerging AI will have on all walks of life. The enquiry will consider the implications that AI has from Ethical, Economic and Social stand points. They will try to achieve this by examining the state that AI is in at the moment and looking into how it could develop in the future. The committee is already taking submissions of evidence for the enquiry and will be looking to finish their report by the end of March 2018.

The Chairman of the Committee, Lord Clement-Jones, said “This inquiry comes at a time when artificial intelligence is increasingly seizing the attention of industry, policymakers and the general public. The Committee wants to use this inquiry to understand what opportunities exist for society in the development and use of artificial intelligence, as well as what risks there might be.”

“We are looking to be pragmatic in our approach, and want to make sure our recommendations to government and others will be practical and sensible. There are significant questions to address relevant to both the present and the future, and we want to help inform the answers to them. To do this, we need the help of the widest range of people and organisations,”

Obviously one of the larger concerns with the development in AI is that certain larger companies are ahead of the curve like Google. These companies are also large enough with powerful enough resources that they may be able to create a monopoly. This has already become apparent with Google creating a deal with the NHS to gain access to Sensitive Data Sets because in return they are developing a Clinical System. This is something that smaller companies would not be able to do which gives larger AI an advantage with the data they have access to.

Another of the concerns which I am sure you have heard before, is the replacement of certain jobs with robotics and AI. We have already seen a few areas (especially in manual labour and production) jobs being replaced by robots and we could certainly see service based industry affected in the same way by AI development. An insurance firm in Japan has already begun with replacing 34 of its staff with AI to calculate insurance pay-outs. The 200m yen AI system is estimated to be 30% more productive while saving the company 140m yen a year on salaries. While there would be a 15m yen maintenance cost per year it would be profitable in two years versus keeping the employees.

It will be these sort of issues as well as many other issues and benefits that the committee will have to consider when they create their report for the Government. What are your thoughts on the development of AI and robotics? Do you think that this is a good thing or perhaps you think that in the long run it would be negative? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,



Boost to the Space Sector

July 14, 2017 | By | No Comments

Another week down and another blog to help you count down the hours till the glorious weekend. Do you have anything planned for this weekend? Our office is having a mini night out after work tonight and our Recruiter James has a BBQ on the weekend, so for us it is quite active. I am a big tennis fan so I have been following Wimbledon closely, unfortunately Murray lost, though credit that he soldiered on through his injury to finish the match. Konta also went out in straights to Venus Williams (which caused a rewrite so that was double disappointing) which leaves no Brits in the draw, well there is always the US Open! For the Men’s draw all the major players bar Federer are out so you would think it would be a shoe in for him. While I would like that to be the case he has had issues with both Cilic and Berdych before so makes me a little nervous.

Taking it back to the recruitment/business world, we bring you more news and you can be sure one of them is Defence. The first article that we are looking at is the boost in funding for the UK Space Sector with Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson outlining investments of over £100m. This is a part of a push to keep the UK at the forefront of technology developments and secure the UK as a focal point for Satellites and Space technology in the world. The main outlay is on the creation of a National Satellite testing facility that will be based on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. The idea that having a British based facility will give smaller business the ability to start moving into the Space Sector without having to use facilities abroad for the creation and testing of satellites. Hopefully this will mean that we will see more roles with the UK Space Agency, fingers crossed!

So, onto the Defence segment of the blog. I wonder how long we will go with having at least one part of the blog being about the Defence sector, as a recruitment company specialising in Defence…we will have to see. The government has sealed a £40m contract to improve the Defence capabilities of the RAF Typhoon. The two-year contract has been awarded to Leonardo which will sustain 65 jobs at their Luton site as well as 41 jobs at BAE Systems in Lancashire. Leonardo will be looking to upgrade the Typhoon’s Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS), which controls the Defence sensors and countermeasures for the aircraft. This is another project that we will keep a close eye on in the future, on the chance that there will be some related roles released that we will need candidates for.

Another compelling week of news for Government departments with projects and contracts being announced and awarded. Is this just a spike as now the new government has been cemented in or will this be on going, we hope for the latter. Are there any interesting projects that you have seen, let us know in the comments below as we like to hear about them. Keep an eye out on our Company LinkedIn page and on our website for roles as they pop up and we hope to hear from you soon.




T-Levels and T26 Frigates

July 7, 2017 | By | No Comments

With another Friday comes the return of the weekly EGB Blog, bringing you news, interesting facts and all round good spirits for the weekend, at least we hope. Along with the blog, this week has brought the warm weather back to us. I have no doubt that will cause a mixed bag of emotions from you all, while I do like the warm weather, it isn’t the most fun to work in. Though the timing couldn’t be much better as it has coincided with the start of Wimbledon, time to break out the Strawberries and Cream with a side of Pimm’s (Other brands of drinks are available :p). All eyes are on Konta and Murray to do well this year as the British favourites but I can’t help but root for Federer in hope he continues to set unbelievable records in the Tennis world. Well anyway back to the blog…this week will be like the previous week’s post just with less defence.

With the Brexit talks underway it is no surprise that some of the newer projects that are being announced by the government are to do with preparing a Post-Brexit Britain. The Education Secretary Justine Greening, has announced a £50M fund to help create more Vocational work placements to run alongside Apprenticeship schemes. The goal of these injection of funds is to help increase the work skill sets of Britain to make up for the perceived decline in certain skills which will occur after a Brexit deal has been completed. We have started to get a few roles through for the DfE so maybe there will be more on the horizon as the department goes through change to meet these new targets.

Going back to defence news (you knew it had to happen), the MoD have greenlighted their Type 26 Frigate project. The initial contact which is valued at £3.7bn has been awarded to BAE Systems, which will start to build the first 3 of the 8 Type 26 Anti-Submarine frigates that the government has committed to. These Frigates are being built to replace the Type 23 Frigate which have been in service for over 25 years. There are some concerns of the tight deadlines on this contract as the planned retirement of the first Type 23 is for 2023. With the first Type 26 to be coming into service somewhere in the “mid-2020s”. Fingers crossed they get it all together and we aren’t left with half a fleet, perhaps they will need some very capable candidates to help them along. We will be keeping an eye out for any upcoming MoD roles.

So, with that we bring a close to another interesting blog that gives little insights into what the various departments of the Government are doing…mainly the MoD. Hopefully in a long few years we will see the fruition of those going through more vocational courses and see them become engineers on projects such as the Type 26 Frigate. Well we do have one last little bit of news, we are not posting Job Listings to twitter any further and will be keeping that for LinkedIn. We haven’t quite decided what we want to replace it with, so kindly let us know what you would like to see. If you do want to keep up with our job postings, keep an eye on LinkedIn or the Jobs page on the website.




Umbrella Company Owners Jailed for Massive Payroll Fraud

June 23, 2017 | By | No Comments

We are coming to the end of a very warm week, luckily for our office, we have Air Conditioning to keep us cool. I hope that you all have had a way to keep cool under this strong summer sun, if not, you may be like me and letting out a sigh of relief as it gets a little cooler.  Moving swiftly on from the weather onto the actual topic for the blog this week, we are looking at a particular Umbrella Company and its unscrupulous owners.

The trio of directors, at the Umbrella Company Quality Premier Services, were jailed for almost 30 years between them for carrying out Payroll Fraud to the tune of a whopping forty five million pounds!  The directors, Geoffrey, Joshua, and Andrew, were keeping hold of VAT that was paid to them by recruitment agencies. Now, we all know VAT is supposed to be passed on to the HMRC but apparently that slipped their mind. And then not only did they fail to pay VAT but from 2009 until 2015 they only managed to pay £15,930 in tax. Wow.

The initial enquires were into the younger director, Joshua, after information was passed to the Essex police. It probably didn’t help his case when he posted an image on Social Media posing next to 6 luxury cars (Including a Lamborghini valued at £165,000). The initial investigation found that over the span of 2013 and 2015 over £10m was transferred into his account.

To have a little foray into what they were spending all that money on, aside from the luxury cars. Geoffrey bought four homes in England and Spain with a combined value of £3m, £300,000 on private jet flights to Spain, along with owning several race horses. Joshua’s collection of cars was worth £1m and within his home they found 10 watches with a combined value of £400,000. Andrew purchased four homes for just under £1.4m and six luxury cars.

It’s because of situations like this that you should double… no…triple check that your Umbrella Company is kosher and working above board, as the old saying goes, “when something is too good to be true, it probably is”.  A former tax official had this to say on the matter: “I’ve always thought it impossible that companies which charge £15-£30 per worker could pay huge kickbacks for referrals and offer 30 day credit terms without dipping into the VAT held on account, “ she said. “It seems that some of the cases coming to light are even worse than that.”

We allow our Contactors to use whatever umbrella company they wish to use, just make sure that you are using one that is safe and trusted. If you are not with an umbrella company at the moment and would like to be, we recommend our partner Parasol. They are a multi award winning umbrella company who have worked with a range contractors and agencies. If you would like to know more, let us know and we can pass your details onto our contact at Parasol.




Top UK Government Project Failures

June 16, 2017 | By | No Comments

So, I’ve been away on annual leave most of this week and my first day back I got hounded to start preparing the blog. I may have mentioned it before but the office gets a little heated when it comes to choosing a topic. A few of us are standing up and shouting about moving into Vlogging but I’m not sure about that. What do you guys think? Would you be interested in seeing an EGB Vlog? After a tense office-wide discussion, we settled on something relevant and decided to look at Government projects and just how badly some of them failed. We got really lucky and found that the Software Advisory Service had already done the leg work and listed the most catastrophic Government Projects and just how badly they went over budget. As an added extra, they’ve included the end cost to you the taxpayer.

7. Department for Transport Shared Services Centre

This project was created to combine the DfT’s human resource and financial services together in a single site based in Swansea. The idea that the cut in administration costs and in the end overall save the taxpayer £57 million. Initially costed at £53 Million, the project overspent by £28 Million coming to a total cost of £81 Million. The Public Accounts Committee’s comments on the reason for such an overspend was due to “stupendous incompetence”.

6. Common Agricultural Policy Delivery Programme

This particular programme was an IT scheme that was to help allocate subsidies to the farming industry. It’s original planned cost was to be £155 Million but due to issues between the three main key bodies, ended up with a £60 Million overspend coming to a total of £216 Million. The cause for the issues, as according to the Public Accounts Committee, lack of consistent priorities between the main bodies. On top of the overspend, the programme ended up delaying payments to farmers as well as incurring penalties from the European Commission.

5. Libra System for Magistrates

The Libra system is a case management system that was created for the Magistrates Court, the project was originally tendered for by Fujitsu for £146 Million. This was the start of an ever-inflating price for the project as before the deal had been signed Fujitsu upped the cost to £184 Million as Fujitsu’s board said it couldn’t support the charging basis of the original bid. 10 months into the project, Fujitsu asked for a higher amount again as they were running a £39 Million deficit on the project. At this point, there were warnings about the financial model used by Fujitsu but the project was too important to let go. This led to a further two quote increased culminating at £389 Million, this was rejected and another company was contracted to fulfil the task.

4. Edinburgh Trams

The Edinburgh Tram project was a seven-year long project to bring a tram route to the city of Edinburgh. The project was projected to cost £375 Million. By the time pen was put to paper the cost had risen to £489 Million and at completion the project has cost £776 Million, this is not including £200 Million in interest costs on a 30-year loan. The project was plagued with issues including contractual disputes, safety concerns and complaints from the local populace.

3. Scottish Parliament Building

Love or hate the design, the Scottish Parliament Building had exponential overspend compared to the original cost of the project. Originally the Scottish Parliament Building was projected to cost only £10 Million but at the end of the project it came to a staggering £414 Million. This was attributed to poor management of the project, especially in fulfilment of costs and the way major design changes were implemented. You think that would be the end of it but figures have revealed that the average repair bill comes to £141,000 per month.

2. NHS National Program for IT

The NHS were looking to create a patient record system to handle the vast swathe of information they have to deal with. This system would have been the largest non-military system IT system to have been created. This system was eventually canned as it was plagued with many issues, the project ended up costing £10 Billion which was £3.6 Billion more than the proposed cost. Out of 169 trusts that the system was to be implemented to, only 13 received a full patient administration system. Though this caused more issues for the NHS as it caused issues for these trusts, prompting The Milton Keynes Foundation to warn others not to use it.

1. Defence Information Infrastructure

The MoD’s Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) is a secure military network user by all branches of the military as well as MoD civil servants. When the project was initially proposed (2005) to Parliament the cost for this project was £2.3 Billion, though a report has shown that even at this juncture they knew the cost would be more than double at £5.8 Billion. By 2008 the programme was 18 months late and had delivered less than half of the project and none of the Secret capability of the system. Part of the blame for the issues came down to a lack of a suitable pilot for the programme.

A lot of money having to be funnelled into projects that have growing issues, or in the NHS’s case thrown down the drain. Many of these programmes could have been partially saved by better management and communications between contractors and departments. This is why we look for top calibre candidates to make sure the government keeps on track. If you think you are up to the challenge of keeping the government in check, send us your CV and we will add you to our database.




Defence Contracts and the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier

June 9, 2017 | By | No Comments

Welcome to the latest edition of the EGB Blog, I hope that everyone is doing well and can finally be calm as the election has officially ended (sort of). With any luck, the rain staved off enough that you didn’t get soaked trying to vote, it was pouring down most of the day in South Wales yesterday. To move onto the topic of this week’s blog, we are taking a look at some recent Defence News, mainly because we have recruited for a few roles that were linked to the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Carrier project.

After a long time under construction the HMS Queen Elizabeth has finally been finished and fully fitted and ready to head out for trials this summer. In the source below there is a pretty interesting video which shows a time-lapse of the build. Hopefully they will not have any issue in getting it under the Forth Bridge or there may be another delay to the start of the trials. We have seen quite a few roles come and go for the QEC project so it was good to see that the work of candidates was finally coming to some fruition.

In a similar set of news combined with recent roles we have recruited for; the RN are looking to purchase further F-35b fighter jets for use with the QEC carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. The B variant of the F-35 is the Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version which was designed for use with Aircraft Carriers due to the obvious limited space for take-off and landing. It was a short time ago that we were recruiting for a Project Manager that was to manage the integration of F-35 onto the F-35. As they are looking to purchase further F-35b fighter jets, we should hopefully see more roles open up for this project in the future.

This blog was just a little look into the varied and interesting roles that we recruit for at EGB Consulting. These sorts of roles are some of the reasons why people prefer to be a contractor (at least according to the poll we looked at a couple of weeks ago). Have you worked on any interesting/different projects whilst contracting, if you have let us know in the comments below.

Warm Regards,



Public Sector Employment Statistics

June 2, 2017 | By | No Comments

June is already upon us, time is sure flying this year and we can only be happy with how it has played out so far. The roles are flying in and we are securing more and more interviews and job offers for our candidates, even the weather is getting better, though I hope it stays that way and we have a nice long summer. That way we can get a few BBQs in, a few of the team have already had some. Moving onto the topic for this week, we are looking into data that the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released not long ago with regards to public sector employment.

ONS’ latest Workforce statistics release gave us insight into where the public sector is employing its staff for both full time and contract workers. The public sector employs 5.44 million people in total, this is compared to the 26.42 million employees of the private sector. Within the Public Sector these jobs are mostly split into two categories, those considered to be Local Government which stands at 2.18 million employed and Central Government which currently employs 2.95 million.

The sole largest employer in the Public Sector is (perhaps unsurprisingly) the NHS which alone employs a staggering 1.59 million. Combine that with the recent news of the NHS removing their blanket IR35 status is good news for contractors. Other Public Sector bodies such as the Police only employ 245,000 and the Civil Service employs 416,000 people.

It is also interesting to note that there is quite a shift in public sector employment depending on region. Northern Ireland has the highest percentage of employment being within the public sector, with nearly a quarter (24.8%) being employed by the public sector. Scotland are next with 21% and Wales then with 20.8% respectively. London has the lowest rate with 14.5%, though that may come down to the higher population count compared to other areas. The north east takes the highest employment percentage in England with 20.2%.

That was just a little look into some statistics in Public sector recruitment, nothing too heavy for this lovely weather we are having. Does anything surprise you of the details that we presented, maybe the low public sector workforce in London or on the other side the high Northern Ireland employment? Either way we would love to hear your thoughts.

Warm Regards,