Army: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th January 2018.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) planned and (b) actual savings to his Department were under the Army Recruiting Partnership Project in each financial year between 2012-13 and 2016-17.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Recruiting Partnership Project is a ten-year output based contract between the Army and Capita, designed to incentivise the Provider to deliver the right quantity and quality of recruits. The Main Gate Business Case (MGBC), in September 2011, forecast £267 million of benefits over the life of the project. The revised benefits forecast, approved in May 2016 is £266 million.

The originally planned and actual savings (in £ millions) in each of the requested Financial Years (FY) are shown below:








MGBC Forecast














* Forecast figure as project accounts for FY 2016-17 have not been formerly validated.

The shortfall in benefits in the early years reflects additional funding injections including, to enable Defence Recruiting System delivery. We expect these to be offset in later years by increased savings in military manpower costs.

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