LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2012) - CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A)(NYSE:GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services and McKesson UK, a trusted healthcare technology solutions and services provider, today announced that they have been selected as preferred supplier to provide fully managed payroll services to the Department of Health (DH)'s Arms Length Bodies (ALBs).
This announcement is in line with the Government policy of delivering efficiencies through the sharing of back office functions. It is expected to deliver an excellent level of support to DH's ALBs, which enable the NHS to operate effectively. These organisations will employ over 30,000 staff (headcount) and include the Health Protection Agency and the NHS Commissioning Board.
CGI was chosen through Logica's inclusion as sole supplier under the highly successful Government Procurement Services framework for payroll, HR and finance and will provide full end-to-end payroll processes and services, alongside McKesson UK, using the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. ESR is an Oracle-based, DH led initiative; it is the world's largest integrated HR and payroll system and the solution spans the NHS in England and Wales.
Paula Sussex, Vice-President Public Sector, UK, CGI said, "The GPS framework is an extremely effective way for the public sector to both make cost savings but also to ensure a consistently high level of service across organisations. Our partnership with McKesson to deliver an accurate and reliable payroll service that will allow the Arms Length Bodies to get on with their key roles in delivering the UK's health services without having to worry about a back office function."
Frank Rutley, Vice President, UK Workforce Solutions, McKesson UK, said, "Achieving efficiencies and cost savings in the public sector is no longer about technology alone. In today's environment, it is critical that providers work together to share expertise and knowledge to the benefit of the customer. McKesson is delighted to have been selected as a partner to CGI. McKesson will offer the depth and breadth of technical and project management resource to ensure a successful project delivery, ongoing cost savings and efficiency benefits."
The managed payroll services implementation will begin immediately, with an option for DH to evaluate how DH's ALBs can further modernise and streamline back office services using the Government Procurement Service's Framework.
The seven year contract for DH's ALBs builds on CGI's experience in delivering payroll systems and services for organisations across the UK public sector. It now provides payroll services to over 90 Government Procurement Services framework clients.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the sixth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. With approximately 72,000 professionals located in offices and global delivery centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, CGI offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as more than 100 proprietary solutions. Further to the recent completion of the Logica acquisition, CGI's annualized revenue is approximately C$10.4 billion, with an estimated order backlog of approximately C$17.7 billion, CGI's shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
About McKesson UK
McKesson UK is the trusted provider of high quality, integrated health and social care solutions and services. A subsidiary of McKesson Corporation - the largest healthcare IT company in the world - McKesson UK has partnered with the NHS for more than two decades and is proud of its unrivalled experience of meeting the unique demands made by the NHS.
Specialising in clinical and administrative information technology, workforce and medical imaging solutions, McKesson supports the NHS to deliver the best possible care to patients and achieve improved efficiency using the latest innovations and technology.
With solutions and services in virtually every NHS organisation, McKesson have proven themselves a reliable partner and supplier, and as operators of the world's largest integrated HR and payroll system - the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) - McKesson pays 7% of the working population in England and Wales, a workforce of more than 1.4 million NHS employees. www.mckesson.co.uk