Greenshoots: Amiqus wins first public sector contracts with Scottish Government and NHS

Callum Murray

Amiqus, the Leith-headquartered software company that enables organisations to engage new clients or staff remotely, has entered the public sector after securing contracts with the Scottish Government and the NHS Business Services Authority.

Founded by Callum Murray in 2015, Amiqus is already used by hundreds of businesses to facilitate tens of thousands of pre-contractual identity and financial status checks every month.

Amiqus began working with the Scottish Government People Directorate through the Scottish Government’s CivTech accelerator with the goal of improving the pre-employment experience for civil service candidates, while significantly reducing the workload for HR teams.

During this time Amiqus engineers worked collaboratively with Government teams to deliver a new payment gateway to support the Scottish Government in issuing and managing rapid Disclosure checks.

Laura Westring, Amiqus Public Affairs lead, said: “As a former civil servant it has been great to see how the Scottish Government People Directorate and the CivTech teams worked so openly and constructively with our engineers, researchers, client and product teams. It’s not easy to introduce new software into any civil service, but the fact that we were all working in alignment and in the spirit of the National Performance Framework meant everyone was on the same page right from the start, looking to co-design a solution for maximum value and efficiency.”

After a successful pilot in July 2020, it was proven that the use of the adapted Amiqus technology could reduce the Scottish Government pre-employment process from several weeks, or even months, to just seven days.

Amiqus will now help to facilitate pre-employment checks for the Scottish Government People Directorate for two years and, separately, has also entered a contract with the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) to support the wider NHS by providing rapid pre-employment vetting for up to 5000 returning clinicians.

Callum Murray, CEO, added: “Five years ago, you couldn’t conceivably access legal or financial help, move home, or job, without getting through mountains of paperwork. Amiqus has been building trust and expertise since then and now supports hundreds of organisations and tens of thousands of people every month through our software. We’re excited to be working with the teams at both the Scottish Government and the NHS Business Services Authority and look forward to welcoming many more new clients in the new year.”

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