Capita taking over Army recruiting

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  1. Reported on reuters that Capita are taking over army recruiting

    UPDATE 1-Capita selected for army recruitment deal
    LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - British outsourcing group Capita said on Tuesday it had been selected as recommended supplier to partner Britain's Ministry of Defence in delivering Army recruitment and IT for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
    The 10-year deal, which is expected to be awarded in mid-March, will come as a big boost to the FTSE 100-listed firm which is under pressure to win new work after propping up growth in recent years through acquisitions.
    Capita, which beat a rival joint bid from Serco and Logica for the Army deal, had a disappointing start to 2012 after losing out on two contracts with Edinburgh council and one with AVIVA Ireland life and pensions.
    Shares in the firm, whose services range from supplying IT products to nearly all UK police forces to administering over 26 million life, savings and pension policies, were up 2.44 percent at 1000 GMT.
  2. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Not a smart move.........
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  3. Why?
  4. I think it's a brilliant move, as long as they maintain a 24/7 online presence. Then we can simply send the bone posters their way, and leave The Iron and his ilk in peace. The downside may be that Arrse isn't quite so entertaining in the wee small hours......................
  5. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Simply because, much as the rest of the rationalisation/"spend to save"/outsource/panic mentality in the cuts being carried out, it is unproven in its effectiveness.

    Each time we have gone to the private sector, we have got screwed. Housing/building of estates/PFI and for the future our accountancy as well.

    Maybe I'll be proven wrong this time but I doubt it.
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  6. :)
  7. Good point. Along with the MOD downsizing, isn't recruiting slowing down too?
  8. It doesn't take long on google to find stories of Capita fined for fraud, sacked for missing targets etc. Not exactly army values and standards.
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  9. Perhaps they should concentrate on one key area first, and cut their teeth on RAF recruitment?
  10. We tried this in the early 2000's (I think it was Search or somthing) and it was a failure, As usual lessons not learn't.
  11. They are not known as 'Crapita' without very good reason.

    Read almost any issue of Private Eye for full details. Their normal modus operandi is to win a contract from some public body (they have very little private sector business) for an extremely low price, then they singularly fail to deliver what they have promised and demand more money in order to deliver the original contract, then the public body gives them more money. In the end the systems they put in place are normally several times more expensive than the most expensive competing quote at the tender stage, their systems don't work, and their employees are poorly paid and of poor quality.

    However they do recruit lots of senior civil servants into their company to do lots of non-jobs for lots of money. Not that this has anything to do with how they win business. No siree, not one little bit.
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  12. Capita are indeed considered by the public and media, to be a bit crap. Another battalion in the new British Civvy Corps, lardy arrse administrators, on the moral high ground.

    Thank fcuk some of us won't have to deal with this lot.

    Wiki: "Paul Pindar joined Capita in 1987, he has been chief executive since 1999. For this role he is paid £375,000 salary and £525,000 bonus, giving a total annual compensation of £900,000". Private Eye has the rest.
  13. It sounds like what happens with tenders in the NHS and councils.
  14. Does this mean that potential Recruits will now have to apply via a Call-Centre in Mumbai.
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