Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Departmental Contracts

Photo of Carol NolanCarol Nolan (Laois-Offally, Independent)
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530. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department has engaged the use of external consultants from 1 January 2020 to date; the details and costs of such engagements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5523/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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My Department considers hiring external consultants in cases where there is not the necessary expertise to deliver the project in-house, in cases where an external assessment is deemed essential, or in cases where a project must be completed within a short time scale, and although the expertise or experience may be available in-house, performing the task would involve a prohibitive opportunity cost.

My Department complies with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's guidelines for engagements of consultants by the civil service, having regard to public procurement guidelines.

The following table outlines the details of projects for which external consultants have been engaged by my Department since 1 January 2020.

Consultant Engaged Since 1st January 2020 Project Title Value of Contract
Implement Consulting Group Economic and Sustainability Impact Assessment for Ireland of the EU-Mercosur Agreement €199,500, plus VAT
M.CO Consultancy Services for the Scoping of Options for a National Design Centre for Digital, Project and Strategic Design €64,350 plus VAT
Behaviour & Attitudes Telephone and online survey of Business Capability and Capacity to Implement Covid-19 Prevention Measures €24,000 (estimate)
Ward Security report for ECP2 - TMEfilng €8,986
Ward Security report for ECP2 – Eservices €9,570
Crowe Ireland An Analysis of the Collaborative Economy in Ireland from an Enterprise Perspective €74,970 + VAT
Sadhbh McGrath Legal Research Services for Consumer Rights Bill €2,240
EY Safeguarding of Audit Capacity €40,000
Coyne Research Customer Survey €7,749

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