2011 turned out to be another difficult year for public sector consultants in the UK, with little improvement even on the horizon, our research
shows. A “nuclear winter” was how one firm characterised it. Some money is still being spent on consultants, particularly on new technology, security and international aid, but there’s also been a change in what organisations are looking for: the emphasis now is on deep expertise, not using consultants to plug gaps in line management.
So far, so much to plan: but some of these changes may have unintended consequences.