MoD suffers major IT setbacks in army recruitment project

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) faces millions of pounds of added costs following IT failures in its recruitment programme

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) faces millions of pounds of extra costs following IT failures in a major recruitment programme, according to reports.

The Times claimed that the Recruitment Partnering Project (RPP) – a £1.3bn online recruitment initiative – is already two years late and suffering problems that could lead the MoD to spend an additional £50m on a replacement system.

Reports suggest the delays are costing the MoD £1m a month and affect plans to recruit members for the Army Reserve, (formerly the Territorial Army), as the numbers of regular troops are reduced.

The MoD signed a £440m, 10-year deal with Capita in March 2012 to deliver RPP, promising savings of £300m.

At the time, Neil Polley, RPP project manager at the MoD, said: “This initiative will increase the number and improve the quality of recruits joining the Army.  

"The contract covers the entire recruiting and selection process for both the regular army and the Territorial Army, and will transform the way the army recruits its officers and soldiers. 

"The contract will release over 1,000 military recruiters back to the front line, and will deliver hundreds of millions of pounds in benefits.”

News of more IT problems at a major department follow the millions of pounds being written off on the government’s troubled Universal Credit system.

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