There will be no upturn before 2004

There will be no resurgence in the IT industry either this year or next, according to a straw poll of 460 IT directors at the IT...

There will be no resurgence in the IT industry either this year or next, according to a straw poll of 460 IT directors at the IT Directors' Forum last week.

In a hands-up poll at the opening address, virtually all delegates agreed that any IT industry recovery will not occur until after 2004.

Other questions asked in the poll related to IT directors' views on various political issues. About 75% said the UK should adopt the euro in the next three to five years, and 65% would side with Europe rather than the US.

Roughly 85% believe the UK's economy and services are worse today than when Labour came to power. A similar proportion think the BBC's reporting has been less effective and fair over the same period.

What do IT directors think?   

When will IT see a resurgence? 

Next year: 10%  After next year: 90%   

Are the UK's economy and services better since Labour came to power? 

Better: 15%    Worse: 85%   

Is BBC reporting more effective and fair since Labour came to power? 

Better: 10%  Worse: 90%   

Should the UK join the euro in the next three to five years? 

Yes: 75%   No: 25%   

Should the UK generally side with the US or Europe? 

US: 35%  Europe: 65%

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