Procurement 85% open

Great Britain

What data is expected?

All tenders and awards of the national/federal government aggregated by office. It does not look into procurement planning or other procurement phases. Open procurement data may enable fairer competition among companies, allow to detect fraud, as well as deliver better services for governments and citizens. Monitoring tenders helps new groups to participate in tenders and to increase government compliance. The Index draws on work from the Open Contracting Partnership. See our methodology for more information.

  • Tenders per government office
  • Awards per government office
  • Tender name
  • Tender description
  • Tender status
  • Award title
  • Award description
  • Value of the award
  • Supplier's name

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes
In an open and machine-readable format CSV, HTML, JSON Daily snapshots are available in CSV. Contracts Finder notices are HTML with attachments and there is a JSON API. Some spreadsheets attached to notices on Contracts Finder are published in PDF format i.e. the data is not in a re-usable format.
Downloadable at once No The daily snapshots only cover notices added on a specific day. There is no source of bulk data covering all notices in the current Contracts Finder.
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 3
findable_steps I was previously aware of all of this material so did not need to search for it. Contracts Finder is the first Google result return based on a search for "uk government contracts", so should be relatively easy for most people to find.
licence_url The Open Government Licence applies to the available data.
Collected by government Yes
usability 2
collector_name Crown Commercial Service
characteristics Tenders per government office, Awards per government office, Tender name, Tender description, Tender status, Award title, Award description, Value of the award, Supplier's name It is important to note that many Government departments and agencies do not (yet) participate in Contracts Finder to a meaningful extent, so it is not a cross-government body of procurement data. CCS publishes statistics on Contracts Finder use by publishers:
location - Contracts Finder, - Contracts Finder Daily Snapshots, - Contracts Finder Archive (2011-15) Contracts Finder is an open public procurement platform administered by CCS. A daily file of notices is published as open data on also holds a static open data archive of notices from an earlier version of Contracts Finder that was live from Feb 2011 through Feb 2015.

No changes made to the submission. Data is offered in OCDS.

Meta data

Data location - Contracts Finder - Contracts Finder Daily Snapshots - Contracts Finder Archive (2011-15)
Data licence
Data format   CSV, HTML, JSON
Reviewer   Oscar Montiel
Submitters   Owen Boswarva
Last modified   Tue Dec 13 2016 06:53:16 GMT+0000 (UTC)