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Notice Summary

United Kingdom-Cambuslang: Applicant Psychometric Testing Services
Document Ref:
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Open Procedure
Published By:
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Date Published:
29 June 2020
Deadline Date:
27 July 2020
Document Source:
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Notice Abstract

Psychometric testing services for fire service employment applicants/candidates with a supporting web-based delivery platform

Notice Details

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Headquarters, Westburn Drive


G72 7NA


Telephone: +44 1463723061



Internet address(es)

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity

Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Applicant Psychometric Testing Services

Reference number: T3C-019-2021

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

Psychometric testing services for fire service employment applicants/candidates with a supporting web-based delivery platform

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 350 000.00 GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)





II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


Main site or place of performance:

Nationally across SCOTLAND.

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service requires the provision of psychometric testing services accessible via a web-based platform to support its recruitment programmes which will work in line with its core values of safety, innovation, teamwork and respect.

Psychometric testing is carried out following receipt of application which is accessed via the service’s applicant tracking system. If successful and the applicant is to be invited to the next stage of selection then the service invites the candidate to complete cognitive ability, behavioural/personality assessment, situational judgement tests online via the supplier’s system.

In support of this, the service requires both psychometric tests themselves along with relevant reporting and management information services; as well as a web based platform for use both by applicants in undertaking tests and service staff in using information and reports provided by this platform. Additionally, the service requires a link to be established with its own recruitment system, Talentlink.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Quality/technical merit / Weighting: 70

Price / Weighting:  30

II.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 350 000.00 GBP

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 60

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

Extension by up to two period of up to 12 months each.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: Yes

Description of options:

Expansion of the required services to all recruited posts, the addition of newly emerging related services and extension by up to two years.

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1) Conditions for participation

III.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

As referred to in the ESPD.

III.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

III.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 27/07/2020

Local time: 12:00

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Tender must be valid until: 27/11/2020

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27/07/2020

Local time: 12:00



Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: Yes

Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

No later than 6 years from the date of award.

VI.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3) Additional information

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland website at

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the postbox facility. A user guide is available at

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

(SC Ref:623791)

Download the ESPD document here:

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

1 Carlton Place


G5 9TW


Telephone: +44 1414298888

VI.4.3) Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) must, by notice in writing as soon as possible after the decision has been made, inform all tenderers and candidates of its decision to award the contract, conclude the framework agreement or establish a Dynamic Purchasing System. The SFRS will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill at the point information on the contract award is communicated to tenderers. The SFRS is obliged to comply with the regulations and any eligible economic operator can bring an action in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session where as a consequence of a breach by the SFRS, they suffer or risk suffering loss or damage. The bringing of court proceedings during the standstill period means that the SFRS must not enter into the contract, conclude the framework agreement or establish the Dynamic Purchasing System unless the proceedings are determined, discontinued or disposed of: or the court, by interim order, brings to an end the prohibition. The bringing of court proceedings after the standstill period has elapsed and the remedies that are available to the courts are detailed in the regulations.

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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