Softcat bucks public sector cuts with recruitment plan

Softcat has announced plans to take on over 60 public sector specialists across its three UK locations by the end of 2012 to support ambitions to grow infrastructure and software sales into the public sector. The firm has so far focused largely on supplying the corporate sector - though it has made

Softcat has announced plans to take on over 60 public sector specialists across its three UK locations by the end of 2012 to support ambitions to grow infrastructure and software sales into the public sector.

The firm has so far focused largely on supplying the corporate sector - though it has made some inroads in health and education - and wants to spread the net wider in spite of the current round of cuts being handed down by Westminster.

Softcat public sector sales director Jamie Burke, who joined the firm from a similar role at Insight UK in March said that whether they liked it or not, public sector organisations would have to invest in new IT infrastructure "if they are to achieve the efficiency targets they have been set".

"Having fewer staff and reducing estates is creating a compelling need to invest in technologies that support secure, remote and mobile working," he said.

Burke has already been joined by ex-Becta man Andy Bruen, who will oversee the VAR's public sector framework solutions; Softcat is one of just three UK firms to be accredited across all six lots of the education-focused framework CPC.

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