In my recent post titled Why the DOS Framework hasn’t worked for this UK SME supplier, I wrote openly about why the UK Government Crown Commercial Services (CCS) procurement framework called DOS hasn’t worked very well for myself.
What I didn’t expect was to receive a flood of comments and responses. I can only guess that my own experiences here echoed a wider, shared sentiment which had largely been lying silent.
I post here (in confidence) some of the wider views and experiences regarding the DOS framework I received from others in the industry:
- The framework is being used to avoid using others such as PSR which is a complete mess.
- The big consultancies are still winning through even though it was set up for SMEs.
- We are having limited success on this framework now.
- We have noticed a significant drop in placements.
- I think the majority of the roles are fixed.
- Feedback is dreadful and timelines are impossible.
- We have become conditioned to the ‘no response’ outcome.
- If we do get a response it is an exception.
- If I look on our system, I would suggest that there has been no response at all on probably 80% of applications.
- Trying to explain that to candidates who have spent hours putting together applications is often difficult.
- Basically, I need to retire or get out of this business – it is cut throat and has been dehumanised.
- I could rant for a long time.
Ask any project manager about the key to their success, and they will say that delivering a project is often more like a "dark art" or by chance, than a predictable science.