Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Census Field Force People Services Partner (CFFPSP)
This Procurement shall be known as the Census Field Force People Services Partner (the Services). The Customer has a need to appoint a Supplier that will be responsible for the delivery of the Services and provide the Customer with an experienced, industry-led, outsourced function. The main purpose of the Services is to assist the Customer to recruit, train, payroll and HR support the estimated 37,000 Field Force required to support the 2021 Census (including the 2019 Rehearsal). Full details of the requirements for the Services are provided in the Specification Document contained in Appendix B, Part 2, Schedule 2 (Specification Document) of the Procurement Pack. Tenderers must ensure they understand the processes that must be followed in order to comply with the Procurement procedure. All Tenders must be completed and submitted in accordance with the terms of the ITT.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
As detailed in the ITT at (https://in-tendhost.co.uk/ons/aspx/Home).
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Background. The Contracting Authority. The Contracting Authority is the UK's largest independent producer of official statistics, and is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. The Contracting Authority also conducts the census in England and Wales every 10 years. The Census. There has a been a census in England and Wales every 10 years since 1801, with the exception of 1941 due to the Second World War. The census is the most important single source of information about the size and population of the country's most valuable resource — its people. The next census will be taken in 2021 (the ‘2021 Census’). Broadly the same questions are asked in the census each time and the information is recorded in the same way throughout England and Wales. This means the census allows the comparison of different groups of people and small areas across the entire nation. It also gives the opportunity for linking various characteristics of the population. And the high level of consistency between one census and another allows for change over time to be measured. The planning, execution and evaluation of the 10-yearly population census is a vast and complex undertaking and often described as the largest peacetime operation carried out. The Census Transformation Programme. When it's completed, the Census Transformation Programme will have:
— delivered a mainly online census (including support for those members of the public who can't respond online) of England and Wales,
— delivered an administrative data census (with a recommendation on the future of the census after the 2021 Census),
— maximised the benefit derived from the census spend for the public sector and the wider statistical system. In delivering a census, the Contracting Authority aims for the complete coverage of the population of England and Wales within the enumeration. Taking part in a census is compulsory. However, we estimate (from previous experience and changes in the demography of the population) that only around 70 % of the population may complete the census questionnaire as a result of marketing and media coverage alone. The remainder of the population may require either in-person prompting, additional support, or reminding of the penalties for not completing the questionnaire. This support can be provided in a variety of ways. However, all censuses around the world typically require a team of people (the ‘Field Force’) to visit households and help achieve the response rates required. The Contracting Authority currently predicts the Field Force needed to deliver the 2019 Rehearsal and the 2021 Census may include approximately 36,000 ONS-employed people, the majority of whom will only be employed for around 6 weeks. The Field Force will:
— visit those households in England and Wales that haven't responded to the census to encourage and support them to complete their questionnaire,
— enumerate communal establishments (such as university halls of residences, hospitals and hotels),
— carry out non-compliance activities for households that refuse to respond,
— carry out the subsequent independent census coverage survey, which aims to measure.
As described in the Procurement Pack available at https://intendhost.co.uk/ons/aspx/Home.