Digital Marketplace added 280 sellers in 6 months

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 11 July, 2019

Digital Marketplace added 280 sellers in 6 months

The Digital Transformation Agency's Digital Marketplace procurement portal is continuing to grow, adding more sellers and government agency buyers at a strong pace.

Since the launch of the platform in August 2019, as of July 2019 a total of $514.9 million worth of contracts had been awarded through the marketplace. Participating government entities have listed 1837 total opportunities on the platform, with 134 added in June alone.

In the six months since GovTech Review's last review into the Digital Marketplace, 12 more government buyers have registered for the platform, taking the total up to 287. Just under half (47%) of these are federal government agencies, while the remainder are mostly state and territory and local government agencies.

Meanwhile, 280 new sellers have joined the Digital Marketplace over the same period, with 42 new sellers registered during June. There are now 1408 sellers registered to offer digital services over the platform across 12 categories.

The statistics also show that a lower proportion of contracts awarded through the marketplace is going to SMEs.

In the Digital Marketplace Monthly Report for December 2018, the DTA revealed that 72% of the dollar value of contracts awarded through the Digital Marketplace since August 2016 had been awarded to SMEs. But by the time of the June monthly report, this had fallen to 64%.

But half of the top sellers by contracts awarded during FY19 were SMEs, and 71% of the total volume of contracts awarded during the month of June also went towards SMEs.

Half of all opportunities posted on the Marketplace have been open to all registered sellers in that category, and 61% have been opportunities for digital specialists.

The categories with the largest number of specialists and other providers listed include software engineering and development (759), agile delivery and governance (683), user research and design (500), strategy and policy (497) and change and transformation (441).

The remaining categories include cybersecurity (379), support and operations (378), data science (360), emerging technologies (306), training, learning and development (303), content and publishing (300) and marketing, communications and engagement (274).

Median daily rates sellers have bid for digital specialist roles range from around $900 for content and publishing specialists, up to around $1600 for cybersecurity experts.

Meanwhile, the top five categories for opportunities posted since August 2016 are software engineering and development (329), agile delivery and governance (281), user research and design (149), support and operations (78) and cybersecurity (74).

The top sellers over the platform during FY19 included Hays Specialist Recruitment (42), Data#3 (22), HiTech Group (22), Talent International (21) and AUREC Group (19).

Finite IT Recruitment (14), Oakton (14), Peoplebank Australia (14), Cordelta (13) and Paxus Australia (13) round out the top 10.

During the month of June, the top five government buyers in terms of opportunities posted were the Department of Human Service (16), the National Disability Insurance Agency (15), the Digital Transformation Agency itself (12), the Department of Defence (9) and the Department of Finance (8).

Image courtesy Digital Marketplace.

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