CIOs increase their strategic role


CIOs increase their strategic role

Bill Goodwin

Chief information officers (CIOs) in the UK believe they have begun playing an increasingly strategic role over the past 12 months, a major survey by Harvey Nash and KPMG reveals.

The survey of 500 CIOs, shows that 76% say their role is more strategy focussed, with 66% expanding their roles to cover logistics, business continuity and corporate change management.

The proportion of CIOs with seats on the board of directors has risen from 43% to 46%. Nearly 60% said their roles were well integrated into the business, an 18% increase over last year.

CIOs are reaping the benefits of greater responsibility with higher salaries, which have risen from £84,000 to £104,000 over the past 12 months. Some 87% of CIOs received bonuses, half of which were over 20% of their salaries.

IT budgets remain healthy, with the majority of CIOs expecting increases in line with inflation, and 47% reporting higher IT budgets over the last 12 months. Eighty-five percent of CIOs outsource and nearly half expect to increase spending on outsourcing in the next year. On average 24% of the IT budget is directed towards outsourcing.

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