Public Sector

Public Sector

On the ground right now, many Public Sector Heads of Procurement struggle for recognition of their function and are caught in a cycle of cost reduction or procurement compliance. In many instances they are under-resourced and under-skilled, particularly in technical areas. Their digital strategies often reflect a very tactical model, with limited P2P solutions in place, falling short of enterprise goals and value. They argue that they are not equipped to support what might appear as lofty goals but are, in fact, strategic imperatives.

Procurement must be central to shaping and implementing strategies to address these challenges. They must break down any barriers to be an active agent collaborating with the broader public sector and stakeholders.

It will be imperative to meeting the growing demand for services, addressing infrastructure gaps, ensuring economic growth, enabling technology adoption, and meeting the obvious energy and environmental challenges.

Clearview’s experience in the Public Sector is vast and varied across multiple and diverse bodies.

Our team guided two semi-state organisations through rigorous transformation programmes including a spend analyses, development of category hierarchies, upskilling, P2P upgrades, and category management. These efforts led both clients and their teams to win an array of National Procurement Awards.

Clearview has also supported the design and development of a procurement and category management upskilling programme for the recently established Irish Office of Government Procurement, delivered to over 150 procurement professionals. Similarly, we delivered a certificate in public procurement course to the entire procurement team within the Health Service Executive. 

Our team also provided extensive tender management and eAuction services including fleet, secure print, cleaning, office supplies in line with public procurement rules. 

We also provided category strategy support across various portfolios including facilities, ICT, print management.

Like all other industries and sectors, a long-term strategy must be set by governments at the macro level. This, like America 2050, must set out the challenges to be met, the goals and objectives, and how they will be achieved. This must then cascade down to government departments and local government, but also to Procurement. The Public Sector is facing a unique set of circumstances and issues that make a successful procurement strategy and implementation an imperative for all involved.

Population growth and Ageing

In 2030 the population will reach 8.6 billion, a 13% growth in 13 years. Over the same period, as discussed in Health, those 65+ will account for 12% of global population. There will be more of us, and we will be living longer.

Living in cities

By 2030 two-thirds of the world’s populations will live in cities, will consume 69% of all energy, produce 79% of global emissions, and generate 70% of GDP.

We continue to grow

It is expected that by 2030 global economic growth will be 3%, but the EU for example will be 1.4%. China is expected to grow significantly faster and surpass the US and become the largest economy. India is on the rise also. Individual purchasing power will increase but will remain significantly larger in the West.


By 2030 some 75% of world population will have mobile connectivity, 60% with broadband access, and the number of devices connected to internet will increase by 400% from 2017 to 125 billion. Air passenger numbers will double to 7 billion, most of which will be Asian middle class. Private car ownership in EU expected to decrease, whereas Chinese ownership will increase by 50%.

We need more energy

Energy consumption will increase by 1.7% each year. The US and EU will reduce their dependence, but faster growth will occur particularly in China and India.

We are hotter

It is estimated that by 2030 we will be 1.5 degrees warmer than pre-industrial Times. We are already feeling the disruptive impact of rising temperatures. In 2017 alone weather-climate disasters cost €290 billion, and this is expected to grow. From a purely commercial perspective it is expected that productivity will drop by €1.7 trillion globally.


It is expected that key digital technologies will be a €2.2 trillion market by 2025 with innovation expected in IOT, AI, robotics, wearables, and 3D printing. Other developments such as blockchain and, new energy storage and 5G will have an impact.

Food and Water

We have finite resources and every year we now hear of threats to food and water insecurity. Even in the EU, one-third of the region is affected by water scarcity and droughts. Some 44% of the freshwater is used to cool thermal power, and only 24% for irrigation. Currently, some 700 million people do not have access to food and another 815 million deal with issues of food insecurity. Poor infrastructure, in the case of water, is often a key contributor to leakage and availability. As populations grow, combined with the environmental shifts, these challenges will be exacerbated.

America 2050 prospectus

America’s Future Trends


Government Transformation Strategy


Project Ireland - 2040 - NPF

National Planning Framework