Market testing is the invitation of competitive offers from external service providers to validate the competitiveness of the incumbent provider. Public sector services are obliged to be market tested in order to demonstrate that value for money is being received. Competitive tendering allows the comparison of alternative bids against the current service, if there is one. In the early phases of compulsory competitive tendering, the current provider was usually an in-house service provider and such activities as catering, cleaning, facilities management, grounds maintenance etc. needed to be market tested. If external providers represented better value, the service would then be outsourced. See also Outsourcing.« Back to Glossary Index
Discover the world’s largest Glossary of Procurement terms
With over 800 Procurement specific terms (and growing) you will find everything you need to know or thought you knew about the Procurement function. Our aim is to provide you with a comprehensive list collated from the Comprara Groups hub of training and consulting source materials.The Procurement Glossary has been compiled by industry expert Paul Rogers.