ONS extends IT services contract


ONS extends IT services contract

Antony Savvas

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has extended its IT outsourcing contract with IT services company Xansa in a £6m deal.

The contract has been extended by two years and includes an option to extend it by a further year.

The ONS will use Xansa to continue to modernise its statistical systems. Xansa’s work could also be extended to deliver the modernisation of the General Register Office, whose work the ONS oversees.

Xansa has been providing IT services to the ONS since April 2004. Xansa has concentrated so far on developing new software to support the modernisation of the ONSs statistical processes.

Xansa has also been used to improve the ONS’ internal IT skills, methods and processes, as a way to cut costs and improve operational performance.

ONS chief information officer Dayantha Joshua said, "This relationship is helping us deal with the multi-faceted challenges of modernisation."

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