Network Rail has slashed the number of labour suppliers it uses by almost two-thirds.
The rail infrastructure operator has picked 20 firms to provide workers with a total minimum spend of £450M over the next five years.
This is a reduction from 57 to just 20.
Four core suppliers will provide 70% of the workforce, supported by a number of smaller specialist suppliers.
The five year contracts will start on 1 April 2015. They involve provision of around 500 people per day.
The four core suppliers are:
- Ganymede Solutions
- McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure)
- Morson Human Resources
The other suppliers awarded specialist and support contracts are:
- Amey Rail
- Bridgeway Consulting
- Carillion Rail
- Colas Rail
- Coyle Personnel
- GM Rail Services
- GPX Engineering
- Infra Safety Services Labour
- Keltbray Rail
- Linbrooke Services
- MECX Group
- Renown Railway Services
- Resourcing Solutions
- SW Global Resourcing
New code of conduct
The new contracts also introduce a new code of conduct for labour that will require suppliers to:
- Pay as a minimum, the London living wage within Greater London
- Invest in training and development of their workforce
- travel time
- Adopt Network Rail’s lifesaving rules, and “speak-out” systems
- Provide all equipment and protective clothing free-of-charge to workers
- Provide a competent and more professional contingent labour workforce.
Network Rail managing director, national supply chain Nick Elliott said: “These new contracts are all about transforming our contingent labour workforce into a more professional, fairly remunerated and appropriately trained body of people that we are able to call upon when the need arises.
“The new code of conduct for labour will drive better employer behaviours, improve the quality of the supply chain and help ensure that workers are treated fairly.
“We believe that investing in this important resource will deliver significant safety and performance benefits for the railway as a whole.”