What is best sourcing
If your company buys outsourced services, such as cleaning, security and landscaping, we encourage you to adopt best sourcing.
Service buyers who practise best sourcing, rather than cheap sourcing, award service contracts based on performance and quality, instead of solely based on price. In doing so, they get more reliable services and better value for money.
At the same time, outsourced workers benefit because the service providers focus on delivering quality services instead of offering the lowest price. They provide better employment terms and conditions so that their workers are more motivated to perform well.
Best sourcing principles
You are encouraged to consider these 6 best sourcing principles when buying services:
- Safeguard the basic employment rights of your workers. Consider following the Government as a role model when buying services.
- Ensure progressive remunerations and benefits for your workers.
- Implement outcome-based contract by specifying service-level requirements rather than by headcount.
- Recognise factors that contribute to service quality.
- Provide a conducive work environment for your workers.
- Build long-term collaborative and fair contracting partnership with your service providers.
Guides for best sourcing
You can download these guides, released by MOM and its tripartite partners, to understand best sourcing practices and how to implement them:
Check on service providers
You can also take into account a service provider’s track record in complying with employment laws before awarding a service contract.
To check on their track record, refer to the following lists: