IT directors fail to back Brown’s crisis plan

More than three-quarters of IT directors have failed to back Chancellor Gordon Brown's Budget plans to tackle the UK's escalating IT crisis.

More than three-quarters of IT directors have failed to back Chancellor Gordon Brown's Budget plans to tackle the UK's escalating IT crisis.

They were equally scathing about his plans to put UK businesses in poll position in the global e-commerce race.

These were the findings of the Big Question - an exclusive weekly poll of senior IT professionals by Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy Harvey Nash.

More than half of the respondents gave Brown's proposals the thumbs-down, because they believed his measures were insufficient. A further 24% were uncertain about the measures' effectiveness and only 22% were confident he had got it right.

One disgruntled IT director questioned the real impact the plans would have on UK firms' busy IT departments.

He said: "These seem to be headline-grabbing soundbites rather than considered policies with real value."

He also challenged the Chancellor's promise of tax incentives to small businesses planning to invest in IT. "The hardware and software costs are a small part of the total cost of an IT project, and the tax an even smaller part, so this isn't going to make much difference to the bottom line or the go/no-go decision on a project."

Brown's failure to offer any relief on IR35, the recently introduced tax reforms affecting contract staff, also drew fire from IT directors.

Most agreed its impact would cancel all other skills initiatives Brown unveiled.

One of the respondents said: "The impact of IR35, another misguided Treasury measure, will outweigh the initiatives in the Budget."

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