Consultants are gearing up to bid for a place on a £200m Transport for London framework that will allow the body to plug skills gaps on major schemes

Invitations to tender have been issued for the TfL temporary workers framework, which is seen as a staffing safety net following deep cuts at the organisation.

It is understood that about 150 firms, including QSs, facilities management companies and civil engineers, will be appointed to the three-year framework.

The arrangement will also cover human resources, administration and legal services.