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Scottish public sector ICT spend to rise



Forecast by ScotlandIS points to 4.9% growth over next three years

Scotland’s public sector is expected to increase its spending on ICT by almost 5% by 2021, according to a forecast by ScotlandIS.

The organisation, which represents those developing digital products and services for the sector, has compiled a report estimating the spend for 2016-17 at £811 million, and forecasting growth of 4.9% over the next three years.

This would take the total to £850 million for 2020-21, with the increases coming largely in investment in mobile working, cyber security and cloud computing – although ScotlandIS has not yet released precise figures for the three areas.

It also said that approximately 30% of the current spending is with SMEs.

The report, produced with the Scottish Government, is due for publication later this week.

Colin Cook (pictured), director digital of the Scottish Government, said: “This report demonstrates the importance of the public sector within the digital economy, and the Scottish Government is actively strengthening this relationship.”

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This story was amended on 16 January following a further clarification of the growth figures provided by ScotlandIS.

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