Leaked documents reveal MoD wasted millions on online recruitment system

A confidential report by research company Gartner that has been recently leaked reveals that the Ministry of Defence has spent £15.5 million on a computer system to help the army recruit online which is behind schedule by almost two years, partly because the army selected the wrong bidder to build the system.

Moreover, it has also been revealed that Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is considering scrapping the scheme and paying Capita to build a new platform for £47.7 million.

According to an MoD spokesperson: “In December last year, we acknowledged a number of problems with the army and Capita recruitment partnership. Ministers have gripped these problems and put in place a number of fixes to correct the issues that had emerged.

“With an improved army recruitment website, streamlined medicals and an increase in the number of recruiting staff, recruits should see a much improved experience at the end of this month.”

However, Vernon Coaker, the shadow defence secretary, said: “This leaked report points to the latest series of catastrophic failures at the Ministry of Defence on David Cameron’s watch.


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