IT contractors will be pleased to learn that new job opportunities could be coming from the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Latest research carried out by Cloud and Data Centre specialist Node4, revealed that of the 250 IT decision makers in firms between 50-500 employees, over 60% of smaller sized businesses expect their IT budget to increase during 2015.
Although figures are slightly down from the 70% of businesses planning to increase their IT budget in 2014, this is the second consecutive year that the majority of smaller firms are looking to spend more on IT.
Findings reveal that 7% of businesses expect to increase their technology spend by more than 10%, while only 1 in 20 are anticipating a decrease.
When asked which IT service was most critical to their business, two thirds answered Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity, over a quarter said the reliability of their IT infrastructure, 23% said security and 24% were concerned that their IT infrastructure is reliant on hardware that might fail.
Paul Bryce, Business Development Director, Node4, said, “Of course IT infrastructure is vital to how businesses operate today – however it is noteworthy that so many SMEs would rather not have the headache of the day-to-day administration and management of their infrastructure that can be complicated, tedious and time-consuming.
“And frankly, nor should businesses have to worry about that. The technology exists to free in-house IT staff from the mundane admin of infrastructure, enabling them to add significantly more value to their organisations through application and service development.”
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