Consultants working for the government for free, but for how much longer?

I was with an IT consultant to the government yesterday and he told me that the government is currently benefiting from free consultancy.

He said consultants within government don’t want to lose momentum on projects so despite the new government putting spending on hold, consultancies are still doing the work.

IT suppliers are already feeling the impact of the government’s plans to slash IT costs. Cable & Wireless and Capita have already announced that they expect their financials to be negatively affected.

Obviously it is good for any service provider to go out of its way to help a massive customer, but for how long will it continue.

The government really needs to make it clear what it wants to its suppliers and civil servants and then empower somebody in government to drive it.

The suppliers will do what the government wants and probably more if they are given the freedom to do so.