National Education Recruitment Advertising and Resourcing Services (NERARS) agreement will help institutions to attract the best
NEUPC members are to benefit from a new National Education Recruitment Advertising and Resourcing Services (NERARS) agreement to help universities and colleges stand out from the crowd when recruiting staff and students. The four-year agreement has just been awarded and will go live from 1 January 2015.
The Agreement covers advertisement creation and production, type setting and copywriting, media buying, art direction, brand management and where required full creative services for new advertising campaigns. In addition to these traditional recruitment products and services, NERARS also offers innovative service options for candidate generation, websites and micro-sites, digital creative services and increasingly popular social media services. The agreement offers institutions several benefits:
• Additional opportunities for cost savings at the mini-competition stage
• A fully EU compliant route to market
• Choice and competition for institutions
• Opportunity to refine exact requirements over and above the basic contract terms.
NERARS offers a selection of suppliers from which to choose (in ranked order):
• McCann erikson
• TMP worldwide
• Havas people
• Work Group
• Thirty Three LLP
Beyond the agreement-specific benefits listed above, and the diverse selection of suppliers, using NERARS will also support your institution in meeting the Higher Education sector's procurement target towards collaborative spend.
As this agreement is EU-compliant, using it also means you save time in the procurement process while protecting your institution from legal challenge.
The simplified call-off procedure gives buyers two options: first, you can make a direct award to the first-ranked supplier (PENNA) if they are able to meet your requirements; alternatively, if you feel PENNA is unable to meet your requirements, you can undertake a further competition between all suppliers capable of meeting your needs. Further guidance on call-offs and running a further competition can be found in the NERARS Buyer's Guide.
Once the agreement is live, you can find additional information, including a buyer's guide and price lists on uniBuy (formerly GeM). If you have any questions or require further information email [email protected]
Publication Date: 11 December 2014