We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Department of Health spends three times government average on desktops

DWP wins on desktop frugality, offical figures show

The Department of Health (DH) spends more on providing desktops per full-time employee than any other government department, according to new data.

The October business plan quarterly updates from 17 central government departments showed that DH spent £1,336 on desktop provision per employee in Q1 2011-2012, up from £1,329 in the previous quarter.

This is nearly three times more than the average desktop provisioning spend (£489) of all the government departments.

HM Treasury was the second highest spender (£1,000), followed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (£696.99).

In comparison, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), whose desktop services are provided by HP, spent just £128 for desktops for each person, with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Department for Transport (DfT) spending £158.64 and £168.87, respectively.

However, DH was among the departments which spent the least on third-party ICT, spending £3.68 million in the first quarter.

According to the available data - the Ministry of Defence did not have a figure for its third-party ICT spend - this was significantly less than the highest spender, DWP, which spent £263 million. HMRC spent the second-highest amount, £226.54 million, followed by the Home Office with £167.9 million.

The business plan updates also showed each department's spend on their top five projects.

For example, the Cabinet Office reported the life cost of its National Cyber Security Programme at £77 million, while the Department for Education had invested £7.03 billion in Building Schools for the Future. Among the Ministry of Justice's projects, it has invested £127 million in shared services and £40 million in 'future IT sourcing'.

Meanwhile, the Home Office counted the cost of its e-Borders project at £801 million, and put the cost of its new passport programme, to deliver a new supplier and design for the UK passport, at £453 million.

DH's figures for IT projects stood out again in this area, as it recorded the cost of the North, Midlands and East (NME) Programme for IT at £5.64 billion, the London Programme for IT at £1.05 billion, the Southern Programme for IT (SPfIT) at £598 million and the cost of extending the NHS N3 Network at £383 million.

Where relevant, departments also reported the cost of identified fraud. HMRC identified by far the largest cost in this area, £3.3 billion, followed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (£4 million).

IDG UK Sites

How to get free Office 2016 today: Download the new Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview - how to...

IDG UK Sites

Why Scottish Tablet is better than the iPad mini

IDG UK Sites

How to develop for Microsoft's HoloLens

IDG UK Sites

Apple MacBook 1.1 GHz review (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015): The future of Apple laptops