This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Tuesday 2 March 2021
Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

SAS Admin & Developer for Analytical Platform

4 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 1 large

7 Completed applications

7 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Tuesday 23 February 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 25 February 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Data engineer
Summary of the work
Opportunity to use your SAS expertise and knowledge on a cloud based analytical platform.
Latest start date
Monday 8 March 2021
Expected contract length
initial contract is up to 12 months. Option of extension dependent of funding
Organisation the work is for
Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
Maximum day rate
up to £300 per day

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The team is embedded with the Analytical community and serves other external departments, but all users are Analysts (Statisticians, Economists, Operational Researchers and Social Researchers).
What the specialist will work on
1. Monitoring SAS servers so that they are running in the most efficient state.
2. Support others to develop their own SAS capabilities, including ProcSQL and maintenance.
3. Ensure data stored in SAS server is held securely and stored efficiently.
4. Help develop technology paths so other databases and software packages to access SAS.
5. Using best coding techniques to get the best out of SAS capabilities.
6. Support Analytical Platform support team.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Westminster, London
Working arrangements
Currently working for home during lockdown
Post covid - hybrid work form home and office based (london)
Security clearance
Willing to undergo Security Clearance (SC).

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

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
  • Experience of administration of SAS Server - 15 points
  • Experience of using BASE SAS, Enterprise Guide, Graph and another major SAS component - 15 points
  • Experience of at least one scripting language, such as VB Script, Python, R, PHP or a similar language - 10 points
  • Experience of working with OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE data. - 10 points
  • Experience of using Metacode - 15 points
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of transferring data between SAS and other applications, such as MS SQL Server - 10 points
  • Experience of MS Excel and MS Access 2010 or later - 5 points

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Able to work in a small multi-skilled team - 5 points
  • Willing to help develop other colleagues' capability - 5 points
  • Able to communicate complex solutions in a simple manner for non-technical users - 10 points
  • Transparent and able to report back on feedback, positive and negative - 5 points
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. £300 per day for a Data Engineer, is that correct, as well below market rate for this role and assume this includes agency margins too.
I can confirm that our "up to" rate is £300 per day. This is the amount we pay to the resource supplier.
2. Is this inside or outside IR35?
this is outside IR35.
3. Is there a current incumbent?
4. 1. Do you have any incumbent vendor?
2. If there is any then please let us know what are the key pain points ?
1. Yes
2. None