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Civil service will spend £2.5b on IT this year

Nigh on £2.5 billion of the civil service's £32.5 billion budget will be spent on IT in both 1996/97 and 1997/98, according to a report from specialist researcher Kable.

London-based Kable says IT spend has been on an eight per cent of total budget plateau for several years. One interesting movement is towards outsourcing which accounted for just £23 million in 1993/94 but swelled to £370 million in 1996/97. The big benefator here is EDS which took in the region of £264.7 million in Kable's estimate.

'The Civil Service IS Market Profile 1997' costs £3,950. Kable can be contacted by telephone on 0171-608 0900.