Following the OFT call for information (CFI) during August 2013, The OFT has launched a 'Market Study' to further investigate the market. The OFT considers that a number of issues were raised from that CFI that the OFT believes deserve further analysis. Most notably, the OFT has said that it is sensitive to concerns being raised that certain businesses appear to have a large share of contracts in some areas of the sector, that there are high barriers to entry and expansion (especially for smaller scale ICT businesses) and that public sector organisations face difficulties and high costs in switching suppliers.
During the CFI, issues were also raised regarding public sector procurement practices. The market study will examine the extent to which these practices interact with the market structure and suppliers' behaviour. Existing reports and ongoing initiatives to improve public sector procurement will inform the study. The OFT aims to avoid duplicating other recent or ongoing work concerning public sector procurement.