Awarded to Interact Consulting Limited

Start date: Thursday 1 April 2021
Value: £182,000
Company size: SME
Home Office

Technical Architect - Mainframe SME

16 Incomplete applications

16 SME, 0 large

3 Completed applications

3 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Monday 1 February 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 8 February 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 15 February 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Summary of the work
Analysing/assessing the feasibility for upgrade options for software e.g. OSD v9, UTM v6.3, Natural v427, Adabas v825 and related components. Leading as a technical consultant any agreed changes for implementation. The role will also potentially include acting as an expert technical advisor on the replacement of the current PNC mainframe.
Latest start date
Monday 1 March 2021
Expected contract length
Up to 2 years - 28 February 2023.
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate
Maximum day rate of £950 excl VAT.

About the work

Early market engagement
None undertaken.
Who the specialist will work with
PNC Change Team (civil servants) within the Home Office Police and Public Protection Technology portfolio.
What the specialist will work on
This will be supporting the existing team in planning and supporting the delivery of a number projects to sustain the operation of the Police National Computer (PNC). The specialist will be a member of the CRTO Office supporting the PNC Change Team within the Home Office PPPT portfolio. Other engagement will include working with the National Law Enforcement Data Programme and the varying technical / services support teams based at our Hendon Data Centre.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Locations to be split between: Working from home, Home Office, Hendon Data Centre, 1 Peel Square, Aerodrome Road, London, NW9 5JE, Home Office, Bernard Weatherill House, 9th Floor, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
Working arrangements
This will be a part time role estimated at least 3 working days per week. This may vary over the life of the contract. Please note that this role has been initially assessed as being outside of scope of IR35. The IR35 status will checked again at the point of contract award.
Security clearance
The specialist must either have SC clearance or be prepared to undergo the SC Clearance process, as well as Non-Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV3). The Home Office will support this process.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
not applicable

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Recent (within the last 2 years) demonstrable experience of working on National Policing Systems.
  • Recent (within the last 2 years) extensive demonstrable experience over 10 years of designing and supporting solutions with Fujitsu mainframe technology (Mainframe SE700 H/W with BS2000, OSD v9, UTM v6.3)
  • Demonstrable experience over 10 years of designing and supporting solutions with Software AG mainframe technology (Natural v427, Adabas v825)
  • Recent (within the last 2 years) demonstrable experience developing and or supporting products implemented in a mixture of Cobol, C, 390 assembler and Easy Case assembler.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Working knowledge of software such as, LiveSM5 Additional Security, SRG Signon,NSPIS,VODS,QUEST,ANPR,PFI and MLOG

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers.
  • Transparent, collaborative and evidence based approach to making decisions or recommendations.
  • Challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress.
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver an outcome. Seek constructive outcomes in discussions.
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
Yes, an individual has performed this role for the last two years. It was previously competed on this DOS framework in 2019.
2. “Please note that this role has been initially assessed as being outside of scope of IR35. The IR35 status will checked again at the point of contract award”. Please can you clarify what factors about the role may change and therefore affect the initial “Outside IR35” assessment?
Apologies for the confusion. The Home Office anticipate that this role will be outside IR35 for the duration of the contract..
Ahead of the June 2021 legislation going live, we are awaiting further Home Office guidance/templates. This may require completion of additional forms and an IR35 re-assessment after the award has been made.
3. With regards to home working – How much travel to the Office Home client sites will be required? Most candidates are still very concerned about travelling to an office if the work can be delivered effectively from home.
Remote access to Home Office systems is available. No contractor will be expected to attend a Home Office site under current COVID restrictions.