Defence expenditure on fees for professional services in each of the last five financial years (FY) is provided below:
Professional Fees £ millions
The increase in expenditure from FY 2013-14 is mainly attributable to the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation spending on Private Sector Support (PSS). PSS provides DE&S with critical technical support, while also using that support to design and develop the tools and processes required to upskill staff and transform the organisation.
Expenditure on PSS (£227 million in FY 2014-15 included in the table above) was previously assigned to the Equipment Programme, but moved to the Professional Services category following the creation of the Bespoke Trading Entity.