Rarely have governments faced such strong pressure to change the way they work nor – in developed countries at least – such tight pressure on budgets, reports the Financial Times. In this article in the Financial Times Business of Consulting report PA’s head of government practice Colm Reilly gives his views on public sector consulting.
The article reports that budget pressures are already having an impact on volumes of, and competition for, public sector consultancy contracts in some regions and that there are profound changes to the nature of advice and assistance administrations need.
Colm says governments have called in consultants over the past decade to tackle successive “waves” of challenges: the year 2000 information technology challenge, the advent of the euro currency, and the dotcom shift to providing more government services online.
The public sector needs help because technology has transformed opportunities for service delivery, in taxation, social security benefits, healthcare, and many other functions where the state has responsibilities for citizens. “We’re moving to citizen-focused government,” he says, but “technology capability outstripped organisational capability”.
You can read the article in full here and also read PA’s comments in the report on the state of the profession, on the financial services sector, on consultancy as a buyers’ market, on consultancy recruitment from the defence sector and on what responsible consulting means. The report also features an article dedicated to PA’s work in Iraq, based on an interview with consultant Angus Jackson who spent four years working on a project in southern Iraq to help restore safe water supplies in the Basra region.