TfL Spend on Consultants

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/19916
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please provide a breakdown of wider TfL (including London Underground and Crossrail) spend on consultants in 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. This should be broken down into agencies, management consultancy and professional services - including those employed on an interim basis / covering for vacancies. This should include total spend and the average period of employment in each area.

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Answer for TfL Spend on Consultants
TfL Spend on Consultants

TfL Spend on Consultants

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since becoming Mayor I have challenged Transport for London (TfL) to reduce costs across the business. As part of this, TfL has reduced its reliance on consultancy and professional services firms as well as agency staff; driving down the cost of non-permanent labour and consultancy to make significant savings. This has led to a reduced spend on consultants and Non-Permanent Labour (NPL) of 38 per cent.

A breakdown of consultancy and NPL at TfL is provided below for the financial years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.  Data for 2012-13 is not in a format allowing further breakdown or like for like comparison with more recent years. 

 

Management Consultancy

Professional Services

NPL

2016-17

£24,439,380

£88,002,197

£189,577,568

2017-18

£22,847,466

£83,214,567

£106,419,406

2018-19

£12,900,094

£95,716,786

£77,550,912

Consultants are typically brought into the business to deliver a defined piece of work. Therefore TfL does not have direct control over how many consultants are used or for how long, in delivery of a particular project. TfL is therefore unable to confirm an average tenure for either managerial or professional service consultants. 

A breakdown of consultancy and NPL at Crossrail is provided below for the financial years 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. These figures are for agency temps and do not include project delivery partners.

 

Management Consultancy

Professional Services

NPL

2012-13

£11,865,564

£4,778,865

£85,426,255

2016-17

£6,276,510

£2,082,850

£68,271,386

2017-18

£12,770,042

£2,225,137

£54,634,868

2018-19

£11,464,866

£1,238,332

£48,815,056

The average tenure for NPL at TfL and Crossrail for the years requested is also provided below:

 

TfL

Crossrail

2012-13

N/A

263 days

2016-17

513 days

193 days

2017-18

428 days

221 days

2018-19

395 days

180 days