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What is social value?

There is no ‘one size fits all definition of social value’, it is something that changes dependent on the contract at hand. However, we can think of social value more broadly as the added value of our contracts, the element which makes sure the contract achieves more than just cost savings and a quality delivery of the goods, services or works in question and instead provides a benefit to a local area by way of improving the economic, social or environmental state.

Social value and recruitment

So, while it is easy to discuss social value generally, what might social value look like within your contract for recruitment and how can your provider help you deliver on your social value aims?

Recruitment, both temporary and permanent, offers lots of opportunity when it comes to social value, some key areas to consider are:

Your contract

While social value is considered at framework level, we would always advise incorporating social value directly within your call-off contract.

Social value will look different for each contracting authority, so it is important to first establish what social value means to you and what you are looking to achieve, for example delivery of upskilling workshops may be more important to you than using a local agency. You can then include your social value aims within your procurement documentation as follows:

Don’t forget that engagement with the market is key when considering social value. Providers can discuss different routes to achieving social value, provide insight into what the rest of the sector is doing, innovative ideas and help you to make your social value aims a reality.

 

Our HR Services procurement team are also always on hand to help and happy and answer any queries you may have, so please get in touch!

 

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