Flexible working 'would slash govt's IT bill'

Thursday 7 February 2013

Virtualisation

The government could cut its IT bill by some 32 per cent if it improved mobile working options, it has been found.

Research from Citrix suggested that the government estate cost taxpayers an average £490.4 per square metre during 2010 and 2011.

It was also found that an average of 1.1 desks are allocated per employee in the public sector in the report, according to ComputerWorldUK.

James Stevenson, area vice president of Citrix Northern Europe, commented: "By embracing the benefits offered by modern technology and more flexible working practices, the government could effectively halve the number of desks it maintains across departments."

He continued that this saving would be passed onto taxpayers and would also provide a "fantastic opportunity" to transform the way the government operates.

This would make it more "agile and efficient", he claimed, while also improving frontline service delivery.

Posted by Alex Boardman