The UK Government has paid £25,000 a day to a five-person team of management consultants, to work on the COVID-19 test-and-trace system in England.
The figures were first disclosed by Sky News, which came between growing concern about the cost of the UK's COVID-19 testing system, which was criticized for being slow, disorganized, and unable to cope with rising demand. Though the consultancy gave the government a 10% discount for the job, BCG, one of the largest and most prestigious consultancies globally, charged £10m for 40 people to work on the virus test-and-trace program over four months. BCG's 40 workers were only a small fraction of the 1,000 consultants employed by Deloitte on the system, while more staff from top professional services firms like KPMG were put on standby to work on 'back office' parts of the system on a short-term basis. While BCG declined to comment, a source with knowledge of the contract said individual consultants could earn £2,400 a day; while the most senior consultants up to £7,360.