Procurement activity: annual report 2018 to 2019

Overview of public procurement activity in Scotland for 2018 to 2019 based on information contained in individual procurement reports prepared by public bodies and other relevant information.

2. Highlights

Good for the economy


The £12.6 billion of public procurement spend in 2018 to 2019 is estimated to generate around £11.2 billion of economic activity for Scotland, to contribute around £6.2 billion to Scottish GDP and to support around 111,000 full time equivalent jobs.

Good for society


In their annual procurement reports, 63% of public bodies showed that their regulated procurements were carried out with regard to environmental wellbeing and climate change.

Good for businesses and their employees


There were 16,250 new public sector business opportunities advertised on Public Contracts Scotland in 2018-2019.


4,289 regulated contracts were awarded in 2018 to 2019, with a total combined value of around £9.7 billion.

An estimated 26,094 suppliers in Scotland directly benefited from Scottish public procurement spend, with many more businesses indirectly benefiting within our supply chains.

63% of suppliers winning contracts on Public Contracts Scotland were Scottish SMEs. An increase of 3% from 2017-18.

58 pence in every pound spent with suppliers in Scotland in 2018 to 2019 went to an SME.

The construction sector accounted for the largest proportion of spend in Scotland, receiving £2.1 billion in 2018 to 2019.

Good for places and communities


53% of spend in Scotland was with businesses in the 60% most disadvantaged communities.


Total Scottish public sector procurement spend reached £12.6 billion, of which £6.9 billion was with businesses with a Scottish postcode.


An 8% increase in the number of contract opportunity notices with community benefit requirements published on PCS.

Open and connected

The increased use of Public Contracts Scotland – our single advertising portal for contract opportunities across Scotland.

75% of public bodies provided evidence of transparency in their annual procurement reports.



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