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Jul 12

Innovation: The subtle skill of outsourcing

The need for the Government to slash public spending continues to generate commentary, as does the speculation as to which areas will be subject to the cuts. But less attention to date has been focused on the precise mechanisms that can be used to achieve these cutbacks.

The report from An Bord Snip, led by Colm McCarthy, highlighted the potential for outsourcing to deliver cost savings for the Irish public sector. This is consistent with international experience which shows that public bodies can cut costs by up to 25% by outsourcing specific operations to external suppliers.

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