• Spending on computer services set to surge

The UK budget for computer services will rise more than any other sector of IT and telecoms by 2019, according to figures from KEW associates.


The study’s data shows that national spend on computer services in 2019 is expected to be 28% higher than it was in 2014, rising from £28.9bn to £37bn.

However, despite being the fastest area of growth, other sectors within IT and telecoms will see a larger overall spend. For example, the UK is expected to spend £55bn on IT and telecoms staff in 2019 – this will be more than any other sector of spending.

As a consequence of an increasing demand for computing services, hardware spending will be affected. The report claims that this will see both the lowest spend and the smallest increase, with expenditure remaining at the relatively low level of £11bn. Software will also see only an incremental increase, and is set to stay below the £20bn mark, as will telecom services.

The research follows Technology Business Research’s (TBR’s) latest Data Center Benchmark report which showed how datacentre spending is also changing. It revealed that spend on datacentre hardware is reducing as adoption of virtualisation, hyper-convergence and public cloud technologies has increased.