Only 4% of IT leaders are making Brexit a priority

Only 4% of IT leaders are preparing for Brexit

Date: 27 January 2017
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Research into the IT market for 2017 shows that Article 50 is the least of the sectors’ worries. Curo Talent has released the IT Forecast 2017, an independent report into the trends and challenges facing the UK technology market in the year ahead.

The IT freelance agency approached business leaders to discover their key challenges, objectives, and focuses for 2017, and asked them a series of questions including where they plan to invest their budget and their greatest concerns for the market.

Commercial objectives for 2017

It was revealed that while 15% of leaders named improving their current IT offerings as their main commercial objective this year, just 4% agreed their central objective for 2017 would be preparation for Brexit.

2017 has also presented a shift in focus for IT leaders, with the rise of business intelligence and security technologies apparent in the research. 15% of respondents named security as their biggest technological focus, which appears to be a response to increased public concern about the safety of personal data.

In terms of budgets, the new report shows that just 10% of business leaders are planning to cut their IT spend in 2017, whereas 86% are committed to increasing or reorganising their budgets.

Curo Talent has undertaken this research to inform the sector’s leaders about the trends and issues they can expect to see affect IT over the next 12 months. The IT freelance agency plans to conduct a series of surveys of technology leaders during 2017, with the next survey due after Article 50 is triggered.

The IT forecast 2017 also discovered the biggest challenge facing the UK’s Information Technology sector this year is alignment with other departments, showing that IT teams may be losing sight of what other departments are doing, making it difficult to connect and understand each other’s goals.

Yet again, Brexit was the least worrying challenge. Just 6% stated that uncertainty caused by Brexit was keeping them awake at night.

Graham Smith, Head of Marketing at Curo Talent commented: “It’s encouraging to see the budget increases predicted for 2017, as it shows businesses are realising the benefit that IT brings – especially digital transformation.

“In terms of Brexit, there are a number of arguments as to why IT teams may be right not to be concerned. Firstly, even after Theresa May’s speech on 17 January, there is still little detail about the impact of Brexit. So why worry about a challenge you cannot fully see?”

The full results of this research can be found in Curo Talent’s full report titled IT Forecast 2017 – UK trends and challenges.

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For further information on this press release please contact:

Graham Smith
Head of Marketing

Curo Talent, 400 Thames Valley Park Drive, Thames Valley Park, Reading RG6 1PT
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About Curo Talent
Established in 2006, Curo Talent® is a registered trading name of Curo Resourcing Ltd. Since 2014, Curo has been selected by Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) in the UK as their ‘Smart Team Freelance Partner’. This means Curo run MCS’s freelance programme, providing all freelance resources required to support project delivery.

Curo provides the same resources to Microsoft Partners and Microsoft End-Users. Their talent community work across all role types and the full Microsoft technology stack, including security cleared consultants. Curo offers end-to-end consultancy and project delivery capability, providing clients with capacity and scale to sell or deliver more.

Report methodology and demographics
The online survey was conducted on 7 December 2016 and there were 109 respondents who answered a total of 10 questions. All respondents work for UK-based organisations and have responsibility for IT. The demographic breakdown is below.

Job description

Size of organisation

General Technical — 33%
Project/Programme — 23%
CEO/MD — 16%
Operations — 14%
General Management — 11%
Finance & HR — 3%

10,000 + staff — 19%
1,001-5,000 — 19%
51-200 staff — 19%
11-50 staff — 14%
201-500 staff — 14%
501-1,000 staff — 8%
5,001-10,000 — 4%
1-10 staff — 3%