Scottish public sector spend on digital to rise, report predicts

In order to provide more details on Scotland’s digital technologies marketplace, ScotlandIS has gathered and analysed data for current and projected public sector ICT expenditure.

Launching today, the Public Sector ICT Expenditure in Scotland report provides a comprehensive view of the sector, valued at £811m in 2016/17, at a level of detail that has never been available before.

Interestingly, the report’s authors predict that public sector spend on digital in Scotland will increase by an average of 4.9% a year over the next three years, taking spend to £877m.

The report predicts an increase in spend on mobile and flexible working. The move to the cloud in both private and hybrid forms is forecast to continue and increased public sector spend on cyber security hardware and software is also expected.

Interestingly, approximately 30% of the current spending is with SMEs.

The report, produced in partnership with the Scottish Government, breaks down the actual spend by area of public sector over the past six years on ICT, as well as forecasting outlays up to 2021. The report examines various areas of the market, and highlights opportunities for businesses to win contracts.

Colin Cook, Director Digital of the Scottish Government, said: “This report demonstrates the importance of the public sector within the digital economy, and the Scottish Government is actively strengthening this relationship. I trust that this report will provide tech companies already supplying goods and services to the public sector with further guidance on future business opportunities, and provide companies that are new to public sector procurement with a better understanding of the opportunities that are available.”

Breakfast briefings to launch the report will take place on the 17 January in Edinburgh and 18 January in Glasgow. The events will outline the key opportunities on the public sector ICT market and provide attendees with advice on ways to seize these opportunities.

You can view an extract of the report here.

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