Global e-government 19 January

UK government is top employer of IT contractors: More than a quarter of IT contractors in the UK are now employed by the public sector, according to a survey by contractor services provider Giant Group. Over the last two years the Government has more than doubled its usage of freelance IT consultants, making it the largest employer of IT contractors in the country. The financial services sector, formerly the third-largest employer of IT contractors, is now the second-biggest user, according to the study. “The public sector has always been the poor relation in terms of its utilisation of temporary IT staff, but efficiency drives and increased scrutiny of major IT projects have persuaded civil servants of the necessity of bringing in private sector expertise,” explained Matthew Brown, managing director of Giant Group. Brown warned, however, that the Government could end up competing with the financial services sector for the best IT staff in the future, as the Government continues to spend on IT and the City increases its security and compliance budgets.