Governments around the world, including the UK, are spending a lower percentage of their IT budgets on digital initiatives when compared with the private sector, or other parts of the public sector, according to a new report by Gartner. Based on a worldwide survey of 2,598 CIOs from 93 countries, responsible for $292 billion in IT spend, Gartner concludes that government organ ...

In a previous post, we identified Five Key Pillars of Successful Digital Transformation. These included: a) building a Digital Operating Advantage by leveraging the full potential of digital technology for maximising efficiency and reducing costs and b) deriving Actionable Insight from data analytics. The scale of the public sector opportunity in these two areas has been hi ...

Research conducted by iGov Survey, in January/February 2017, evaluated the digital transformation progress being made by UK central and local government. Based on responses from 235 individuals representing 180 unique organisations, the report concludes that a major ‘digital gap’ still exists between how services are currently delivered and how they should be delivered in a mo ...

According to a National Audit Office report released last week, the UK government will need to spend £725 million over the next five years on training new digital staff. Two thousand new hires with digital expertise will also need to be employed to keep up with the pace of demand. Commenting on the emerging digital skills crisis in the public sector, NAO claim that Government ...

Interesting new evidence on the state of IT spend in UK local government has just been released by Socitm (the society for IT practitioners in the public sector). Given the high priority currently being attached to the digital transformation of public services, it is surprising to note that UK local authorities are spending just 2.4% of their overall budget on IT. This include ...

In a previous blog post, we discussed the potential implications of planned changes to the tax arrangements regulating self-employed IT contractors working in the public sector. The proposed changes to IR35, which come into effect in April of this year, could lead to many contractors ‘jumping ship’ to the private sector where the new rules will not apply. This would have a maj ...

The UK Government’s long-awaited digital transformation strategy was published yesterday. It promises to radically change the way government departments and services work though digital technology “taking digital transformation further than ever before”. In a detailed blog post, Kevin Cunnington, Head of the Government Digital Service, summarised the 5 main themes of the repo ...

There has been a lot of talk recently about the UK Government’s planned changes to IR35 – the tax arrangements regulating self-employed IT contractors. As it stands, the current system does not require clients to deduct PAYE tax or National Insurance at source. The responsibility for declaration is placed on the contractor. For all public sector clients, this is due to change ...

Evidence is emerging of a growing digital divide between organisations who ‘get IT’ and those who don’t; between those using digital technology to successfully transform their business and those still stuck on the starting blocks. For example, in a recent blog post, we presented a Digital Maturity Index identifying four main types of organisation in terms of digital capability ...

In a long overdue Guidance Note, the Government Digital Service (GDS) has endorsed use of the public cloud. In a statement clearly intended to allay public sector concerns about cloud security, the document states: ‘It’s possible for public sector organisations to safely put highly personal and sensitive data into the public cloud. Many UK departments have made this decision ...