IT spend per PC in the public sector is about half of that in banking, motor manufacturing or construction, according to the latest Computer Weekly IT Expenditure Survey, produced by Kew Associates.
Despite five years of heavy investment in e-government, public sector IT spending per PC is on a par with spending in the hotel and catering sector, said Kris Wicka, author of the survey.
IT spending varies greatly across industry sector and by size of company, so benchmarking IT spending per PC reveals far more about the use of technology within and across sectors than simply measuring IT spend per employee, said Wicka.
A good example of this can be found when looking at organisations with 5,000 or more staff. On average, a bank's IT spend per employee is more than three times that of motor manufacturers and construction companies, but in terms of IT spend per PC it is much more similar.
"Looking at IT spend per PC is a useful comparative measure since it reflects actual users of IT and discounts staff with little access to computers, such as some blue-collar workers, construction workers and shelf stackers," said Wicka.
The perception that financial services organisations are more heavily committed to IT than other sectors of the economy looks different when you measure spend per PC, he said.
The larger the organisation, the more complex it is to run, with more being spent on IT per person to maximise efficiency and productivity, Wicka added.
The Computer Weekly IT Expenditure Benchmarking Service, produced by Kew Associates, provides information on IT spend norms and trends. This is evaluated across 60 industry sectors and seven organisation sizes.
The service covers 29 items of IT expenditure and forecasts two years ahead. It is based on IT spend survey data from the Computer Weekly database of more than 60,000 IT budget holders and government statistics.
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