Scandals? What scandals? The UK government spent 168% more on outsourcing this year

The public sector accounted for 75% of new outsourcing contracts in the first quarter of this year, despite the G4S and Serco scandals.

by Rachel Savage

- Read MT’s feature on outsourcing

From Atos being accused of being ‘murdering scumbags’ over its ‘fit to work’ capability tests, to G4S screwing up security for the London Olympics and, with rival Serco, overcharging the government for tagging criminals, outsourcers and the UK state have not had a happy relationship of late.

However, the two may have kissed and made up, if the first Quarterly Outsourcing Index, produced by outsourcer (no surprise there) Arvato, is anything to go by. The value of public sector outsourcing contracts rose a mega 168% year-on-year to £1.5bn in the first quarter of this year.

Check out the rest of the data in this shiny, shiny infographic:

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