Awarded to Experis Limited

Start date: Monday 11 March 2019
Value: £60,000
Company size: large
Home Office

Home Office Technical Services Support Enterprise Services Mainframe Database Architect and Support

7 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 1 large

6 Completed applications

5 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Monday 7 January 2019
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 14 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 21 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Data architect
Summary of the work
A Mainframe Database Administrator/Architect is required to support existing BAU team with the support of ADABAS/Natural databases/programming language, This includes production environment and related functions in Hendon Data Centre.
Latest start date
Monday 11 February 2019
Expected contract length
Six to nine months initially with the ability to extend for up to two years.
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Will need to engage with members of the PNCS – Stakeholders (PNC Technical teams, development team, Service managers and programs and projects). To deliver some of the DBA/design work, external stakeholder engagement should be expected.
To deliver some of the design work, external stakeholder engagement should be expected.
Majority of work will be hand on and working within DBA team.
What the specialist will work on
Databases on Mainframe (Administration of ADABAS, Natural Predict on Mainframe on BS2000 Fujitsu platform).

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Based in Hendon (North West London) 5 days per week.
Working arrangements
Based in Hendon (North West London) 5 days per week.
Security clearance
SC or ability to be SC cleared and may require NPPV3.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
T&S will not be payable for travel to sites within the M25. Travel outside of the M25 will be subject to the Home Office T&S policy.

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
  • Extensive experience in the use of database technologies Adabas/ Natural/ Predict and the manipulation tools / techniques that these encompass.
  • Knowledge/experience of Natural Administration on Mainframe.
  • Extensive Knowledge/Experience in ADABAS database administration on Mainframe.
  • Knowledge/experience of managing of Natural objects.
  • Demonstrable ability in the design of technical solutions for Database implementation by a third party within the last two years.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • An understanding of Police database systems and the complexities around the need for fast resolution of incidents and comprehensive investigations in an escalating environment.
  • Knowledge of Mainframe Computing – Unix/Linux/Windows.
  • Knowledge/experience in the design, configuration, migration and upgrade of databases as part of a large project.
  • Previous use of ITIL methodology for BAU activities.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Seek constructive outcomes in discussions.
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver an outcome.
  • Challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress.
  • Make recommendations for decisions and options.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent?
This is to cover a role that is vacant after the existing role holder has moved to another internal role. We will be recruiting a permanent resource into this role at some point.
2. The rate is low for this skill set, is there any flexibility?
3. Is this rate inclusive of agency fees?
4. Is there any opportunity for working a 4 day week (4 long days) or working from home one day a week?
We are prepared to be flexible. A 4 day week doing longer days would be preferred as currently technical staff are unable to gain access to the systems remotely from home.
5. Further to the question "Is there any opportunity for working a 4 day week (4 long days) or working from home one day a week?" please see below.
The requirement though will be for 5 day per week attendance; please disregard the previous answer.
6. What is the IR35 status?
It is outside IR35.
7. Please confirm if the role is inside or outside IR35?
It is outside IR35.
8. Is this requirement inside or outside IR35?
It is outside IR35.
9. Can the Home Office please confirm the IR35 status of this role?
It is outside IR35.
10. Hi, Is this role outside IR35 or inside IR35?
It is outside IR35.
11. Is there any ADABAS Development work required as part of this role, or is it solely Architecture and Administration activities?
If Development is required, what percentage of the role does this involve?
The major part of the role will be Administration/Architecting of all the databases (files/fields/predict/compiling natural code and releasing it to other environments). Regarding development of ADABAS there will be little if any.