Only 17% of UK public sector organisations anticipate a significant IT budget increase this year, despite the fact that 79% expect to invest in new software and licences.
Almost 200 public sector organisations took part in a survey conducted by Centennial Software, which says the figures hint at a gulf between the government’s expectations and the IT needs of its users.
The survey shows 40% of organisations state that their IT budgets will remain static in the coming year, while 16% expect their spending to fall.
The public sector isn’t losing much sleep over software compliance and fines either, with only 34% ranking these as top worries for the coming year, prioritising staffing and security instead.
The survey found that 47% believed they had appropriate licences for their software.
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