Reduce use of external consultants (especially off-Island)

Reduce use of external consultants - yes, there may be certain occasions when specific specialist expertise or equipment is needed and not available in-house, but far too mush appears to be put out to consultants, and infinitely worse when off-Island, draining our limited resources.  There are plenty of Government employees with extensive knowledge and experience - what they need is to be trusted to do appropriate research and make due considerations (or if the block is from individuals who are adequately qualified and experienced but want to 'hide' behind another body for their own immunity, replace those individuals).

If sometimes that means less than perfect decisions - well, time to wake up: not all external consultants are as expert as they make out, and their recommendations can be far from prefect (IRIS anyone?).

And this is a small island community - we sometimes simply have to find a local pragmatic solution, not necessarily the same as would apply in other jurisdictions.

Why the contribution is important

It could save Government many £1,000s per project - a lot more in some cases. Where off-Island consultants might otherwise be involved it would keep more money on-Island.

It could also lead to greater confidence and job satisfaction of government employees trusted to do thejob they are qualified for, or weed out any wimps among them and replace them with fuctional people.

by Manxcat on April 04, 2017 at 05:58PM

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  • Posted by Gigabyte April 04, 2017 at 20:40

    Yes - some consultants charge ridiculous amounts to do what is often very little more than produce a nice glossy report largely regurgitated from somewhere else, charged at £100s per hour simply because they styled themselves as consultants and have the balls to do it.
  • Posted by Grimreaper April 05, 2017 at 17:55

    +1
  • Posted by Aadvark April 06, 2017 at 10:47

    Good suggestion
  • Posted by Neville April 07, 2017 at 09:52

    We should train people already in the public sector to do the jobs that Consultants do. It would save a fortune in the long run and skill up the population.

    Can you imagine how much money the Hospital could save for starters?
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 09, 2017 at 13:58

    The pity of it is,they seldom consult with the people who will be using the facility and who are often a valuable source of information for free!
    When some years ago,a new building was to be added to the Mental health service area,not one of the staff were asked their opinion and it was all'working groups' of upper management having endless meetings over tea and fawn ridged biscuits and the resulting structure was deemed to be a triumph of modernity......even though you couldn't get a wheelchair though the toilet door without taking the skin of your knuckles,and after several recent 'incidents' it was described as unfit for purpose!
    Asking the people who work there and even lay people is cheaper and more useful than paying thousands for so called consultants.What are we doing now by these comments,if not consulting with the government,and for free too! They seem to think it's worth it and so do I.
  • Posted by x April 09, 2017 at 14:42

    very good idea. They don't even seem to get in consultants with proper knowledge (which is the whole point), so in my cases they pay premium for people that are clueless. Also look into the connections to the consultants; quite often it seems to be the case of "a mate of mine can do that, let's get him in as a consultant"
  • Posted by ntaverner April 12, 2017 at 12:31

    Just to further support this one. Using off-Island consultants rather than local ones (where appropriate) or recruiting inhouse expertise (where this is cost effective, see below) should be very much discouraged, given that using local consultants/employees generates local tax and spending.

    Recruiting inhouse expertise might sometimes require salaries which are higher than "expected" for public sector employees, however if consultancy spend is much higher then it still makes economic sense.

    There are also restrictive rules about "pots" of budget for consultants and employees which make moving work from one to the other, and achieving cost savings / boosts to local economy in the process, harder than it should be.
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