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Sodexo secures two five-year HMRC soft services contract

Sodexo, a leading global services company, has been awarded contracts for two regions by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), worth £15m per year. The five-year contract, with the

opportunity to extend this a further two years, will see Sodexo’s Government & Agencies team deliver a wide range of soft FM services including cleaning, waste, porterage, meeting room management, mail and food services across HMRC’s Central and South regions. Sodexo will introduce a number of

innovative service solutions which will deliver quality and efficiencies to HMRC. This will include the use of its social value portal to measure, monitor and report on the social value outcomes and benefits achieved through this contract, as well as new technologies in the cleaning, reception, food services, occupancy and workplace management systems. The award of this contract is part

of HMRC’s transformation, creating 13 Regional Centres across the UK. The new centres will be equipped with the digital infrastructure needed for its highly- skilled workforce. HMRC is also helping to transform the Civil Service into a modern employer that runs an efficient and sustainable government estate with fit-for-

purpose office space and modern working environments. Sodexo’s delivery of soft services will

support HMRC’s ambition of creating workspaces that bring people together, making it easier to collaborate and work flexibly. It is also Sodexo’s intention to

have a wide impact on local communities by employing local people and using local suppliers and produce where possible. The contract covers a number of locations including regional centres as well as specialist sites in HMRC’s Central and South regions.

Two-thirds of UK employees believe staff room and toilet facilities should be improved

Some 67% of employees in the UK believe their employer could be doing more to improve staff rooms, while 47% think more could be done to improve toilet and shower facilities. In a survey of more than 1,000

workers conducted by on-site accommodation provider Bunkabin, employees expressed concerns over their staff rooms, with many feeling that their staff areas need to be larger, cleaner and more comfortable in order to be satisfactory. While 10% rated their facilities as “bad” or “very bad”, and 39% of respondents said their workplaces did not have a staff room at all. Of greater concern was the fact that 6% of

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Furthermore, 8% of workplaces did not have any toilet facilities at all – which means these workplaces are failing to uphold their basic requirements under UK health and safety law. The survey revealed that 28% of

workplaces do not have toilets that are separate and lockable, while 11% of businesses do not have the right number of toilets for their workforce – rising to 19% for businesses with a workforce of between six and 25 employees. When participants were asked about the most sought-after additions to staff

workplaces with staff rooms did not provide access to clean drinking water, while 7% of workplaces failed to offer a seating area.

communal areas, the top responses were a TV (10%), a coffee machine (6%), a vending machine, a sofa and a pool table (all 4%).

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