The Treasuryhas signed a five year deal to jointhe Flex framework, which was established in 2007 with the Cabinet Office.
The Treasury’s new deal covers desktop and laptop PCs, multifunction printers, service desk, data storage and disaster recovery. It is also for the provision of a secure remote working service.
The government is using Flex – a £32 million framework for buying IT agreed with Fujitsu – to achieve discounts on technology purchases and to offer a shared service based around Cabinet Office IT. The framework is already used by the the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, Crossrail and the Office for National Statistics.
With the new announcement, the Treasury is also aiming to improve service levels and achieve better efficiency, as well as do more to cut carbon emissions.
Under the deal some Treasury staff will transfer to Fujitsu under the Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) agreement, which is designed to protect workers’ rights.
“The partnership will deliver significant efficiencies whilst also providing a level of flexibility and scalability which cannot be achieved by maintaining services in-house,” said Treasury chief information officer Karen Delafield. “It also enables us to participate in the Government shared service in line with our own Operational Efficiency Programme.”