Britain embraces outsourcing

January 25th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Outsourcing services to third parties is becoming increasingly popular with businesses in the UK, a new study has revealed.

According to figures from the Information Services Group (ISG), the annual value of contracts with external bodies rose to more than £3.1 billion during 2012. This is 20 per cent higher than the amount recorded a year earlier.

This marks a sharp contrast with the state of affairs in other countries. For instance, a 23 per cent decline was recorded in Germany last year, while a 63 per cent slump took place in France.

"Although the number of contracts signed declined year-on-year compared to 2011's outstanding result, contracting activity in the UK appears very stable," ISG noted.

Much of this activity was driven by companies in the financial services industry choosing to bring in external facilities management specialists.

As a result, firms in the sector look set to see the firsthand the benefits of taking on contract cleaners and specialists in looking after matters such as building maintenance, security and maintaining hygiene.

After all, many companies that have already adopted this approach have learned that it offers considerable financial benefits. For instance, they do not have to employ their own cleaners in-house and purchase the appropriate tools and equipment.

Bringing in a third party to handle this responsibility means companies only need to pay for cleaning and facilities management when it is actually required.

Furthermore, they can be confident the contractor will perform a highly professional job, ensuring their premises are consistently in an excellent condition.

While Britain in particular is getting behind the idea of contracting out certain tasks and responsibilities, the global outsourcing market as a whole also looks set to do well this year.

According to ISG, there should be a healthy number of awards across the world between January and March, followed by a slightly lower amount between April and June. This, it said, means the "short-term pipeline appears robust and better than ever".