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Pace of business change hots up for IT managers

Will Hadfield

More managers experienced business change in 2005 than in 2000, a Chartered Management Institute survey of 1,541 UK managers, including 81 IT managers, has revealed.

The proportion of IT managers who had experienced changes, such as cost-reduction programmes and redundancies, rose from 83% to 89% between 2000 and 2005, according to the Quality of Working Life Report.

When the CMI last surveyed its members in 2000, it discovered that public sector IT professionals had to manage fewer changes than their counterparts in the private sector.

Now, the gap had narrowed to such an extent that IT managers working in the public sector are involved in almost the same number of changes as people working in the private sector.

Although central and local government IT managers saw the number of changes they were involved in jump by 30%, managers working for computer services and financial services companies witnessed a greater increase to their workload.


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