back to article What's the price of failure? For Capita, it's a £140m extension to its MoD recruiting contract

Capita has scored a payday after the British Army quietly handed it a £140m extension to its shambolic DRS military recruiting contract and tacked on a project to migrate certain systems to Microsoft Azure. The deal, confirmed by Capita to the financial markets on the afternoon of 11 December, will see the notorious Recruiting …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Five-year high

    > Thanks to the British Army's strong partnership with Capita, applications to join the Army hit a five-year high this year.

    — Nope, I haven't received your application this time either. Could you please just resend it again?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Microsoft Azure Cloud

    Because I totally see the French putting their armed forces payroll on Somebody Else's Computer.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Time and time again

    The MoD shell out hundreds of millions on single source contracts to suppliers who fail to deliver. Then they pay again. The failure is hidden and more money is paid out on an 'upgrade' when its really just giving what should've been paid in the first place.

    No civil servant ever gets reprimanded. Its often a cosy hush-up with the 'customers friend' organisation as well.You want to see money wasted, look at Bowman or in its latest guise, EvO. A third of a billion for a 100Mbsec 8 port switch which hasn't been delivered. Or Lockheed M and the Warrior turret replacement. 150 million eaten for absolutely nothing.

    Until someone is bought to account this will just go on and on. This relentless poor delivery is just laziness and arrogance.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Time and time again

      You seem to have forgotten that the MoD has been fucking up procurements and squandering billions for decades. These are the fuckwits that brought us aircraft carriers with no aircraft, guns that don't fire bullets, helicopters that can't fly in bad weather, Nimrod programmes that failed 3-4 times in a row, do deliver anything etc, etc. Pissing a few hundred million up against the wall with Crapita is small beer compared to that.

  4. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Memo to the Army's Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch

    Determined to see off criticism, the infamous outsourcer wheeled out the Army's Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, who claimed: "Thanks to the British Army's strong partnership with Capita, applications to join the Army hit a five-year high this year."

    Of course such has nothing at all to do with the closing down of the private sector which doesn't pay anybody anything like as well as the public sector does with payments it conjures up and plucks out of the future/draws on to fcuk up the future ....... indeed, the private sector doesn't then pay anybody anything.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Memo to the Army's Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch

      Anyone like to guess where this shitbag will get a juicy directorship or consulting contract when he retires from the army?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Army recruitment offices were so much better at getting you in uniform than Crapita ever could be. In fact a turd tied by a length of string to a stick would probably be better than Crapita, judging by their "success" rates. There has also been a waking up in the youngsters. Young people from council estates are being killed in foreign lands to save politician's kids having to. Take my advice, don't let your offspring join up. They get treated like crap, and could come back injured, maimed or in a box. As has been said before, the military rely on times of mass employment.

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  6. 0laf

    If you get high enough or big enough there is no failure

    Think about these high flying execs. Do a crap job and you get the golden parachute which gently floats you into your next C level position. For evdence I give you Dido Harding. A string of abject failures behind her and gets handed position after position to fuck up again and again. But she's just one and a well known one.

    It's the same for firms Crapita, well known provider of shite services just keeps getting the work because they are too big to fail and they have eaten up their competition. Pus the one thing they are very good at is getting dug in like a tick so as to make it more painful to remove them than to carry on with the suffering.

    1. NeilPost Silver badge

      Re: If you get high enough or big enough there is no failure

      Not anything as nice as a tick, a Botfly more like it.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: If you get high enough or big enough there is no failure

        Harding's past record, failure or not, has nothing to do with her current position. Being married to a Tory MP is more than sufficient qualification to get ones trotters into the trough.

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