In a previous post, we wrote about how we were working to improve the shortlisting process for Digital Outcomes and Specialists. These improvements will be live on 08 February 2017.
Buyers have told us that they would like us to make the shortlisting process on Digital Outcomes and Specialists more efficient. Often the buyer didn’t have enough information to reduce the number of suppliers to the number they wanted to evaluate. They had to go back to suppliers and ask for written evidence of essential and nice-to-have skills and experience.
Suppliers also told us that they want to provide their evidence while applying for an opportunity.
Changes to the supplier application process
We’ll now ask suppliers to give evidence of their essential and nice-to-have skills and experience during their application. This means that buyers will have all the evidence they need as soon as the applications close. They will be able to see how the skills and experience of the suppliers match their needs and get to the evaluation stage more quickly. We’ve tested this new approach with buyers and suppliers and will continue to test and improve it.
When suppliers are applying for opportunities published from 08 February 2017, they will need to:
- confirm that they have the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience needed
- provide evidence of their essential and nice-to-have skills and experience
- provide a contact email address
- provide the earliest date they can start
- provide their day rate (specialists only)
How we are introducing the new shortlisting process
For all opportunities published before 08 February 2017, suppliers will use the previous application process. This will make sure that all applications for those opportunities are treated in the same way. Suppliers will not be able to provide evidence during applications and buyers will need to request evidence as part of the shortlisting process.
For opportunities published from 08 February 2017, suppliers will use the new application process. When opportunities close, buyers will be able to download the suppliers’ evidence of the essential and nice-to-have skills from the Digital Marketplace. The buyer will no longer need to ask the supplier for this evidence.
Saving a week
Getting this evidence as soon as applications close gives buyers enough information to create a manageable shortlist and get to the evaluation stage more quickly. Buyers have told us that they expect this change to reduce the process by at least a week.
We need to hear from you
If you have any feedback you want to share with us from your own experience on Digital Outcomes and Specialists, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts so we can continue to improve the Digital Marketplace.