On July 2022, Digit TM II finally rolled out to production, and the process to migrate more than 2000 IT consultants’ contracts started.
DIGIT-TM II is the European Commission’s 1.1 billion euro contract for IT services across Europe. It will cover more than 2000 externals providing IT services at this institution. Previously, we wrote in detail about the full DIGIT-TM II framework contract. Here, we will show you the types of contracts and the way they are currently being implemented.
Types of contract / Delivery Modes
A new approach has been implemented in order to adapt to the market changes since COVID-19. Reasons such as the pressure to reduce office spaces and security concerns lead to 3 new types of contract/delivery modes.
On-site (25% of profiles) – Going to the office like old times
External providers with this contract will be requested to work at the office. This kind of contract will be used mainly by Support, Infrastructure, Business Analysts and Project Managers profiles. These positions require a constant presence in the office. Still, home working is available two days per week (upon mutual agreement within 2 hours of the office).
- Office locations:
- Italy ( Ispra)
- Netherlands (Petten)
- Spain (Sevilla)
- Germany (Karlsruhe)
- Ireland (County Meath, Grange)
Near site (60% of profiles) – home working from the same country
This contract means that the work has to be performed remotely nearby the office or in the same country as the office (professionals must be able to reach the office within a maximum of two hours). Consultants will work from home as a general rule. However, customers may request regular or ad hoc presence on their premises for up to 5 days per month. This type of contract will be used by the majority of the Units, according to the official document of the DIGIT-TM II (onsite and near-site contracts should cover 85% of all contracts under DIGIT-TM II).
This contract will typically cover technical profiles like Java Developers, front-end developers, database developers, and BI developers, etc. Professionals can work from home or from a proximity office. Currently, the trend is to work from home. The European Commission saves money by reducing office spaces and there can be financial compensations for consultants working from home.
Far site – Remote from Europe
This contract means professionals work remotely within the European Union (EU27). It should be used for 15% of the hires. And, of course, it’s a contract that lots of professionals desire, allowing them to work from their home countries. The European Commission may, however, schedule up to 5 days per quarter on-site and reimburse travel costs. This type of contract has raised many questions, and we have been inquired by many consultants if we had more information.
Since the rules are somehow open to discussion, Directorates-General are taking different approaches. Some refuse far site or are applying the 15% rule, others allow professionals to choose the preferred type of contract without affecting quotas. On the other hand, some Directorates-General penalize the daily rates depending on the cost of living of the country the consultant is in. To sum up, the Far-site option varies a lot and depends on what is agreed with the direct management.
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