Binary troubles: Weak business confidence and a possible skills shortage may restrict growth

The Computer Consultants industry is composed of businesses that provide expert advice and assistance in planning and designing computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software and communication technologies. Computer consultants provide services to clients in all sectors of the economy, although clients within the financial services sector and the public sector are particularly important markets. Demand for industry services is largely influenced by business confidence levels, which rise and fall with general economic conditions, and technological advancements, particularly those that are beneficial to businesses.The industry has performed well over the past five years and is expected to record strong revenue growth...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£50.6bn
Annual Growth 14-19
4.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
410,125
Businesses
114,379
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry performed well over the past five years, but revenue growth is expected to slow
  • The most successful operators have adapted their services to cater to a broader client base
  • Restrictions on freedom of movement may limit operators’ access to skilled EU workers
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The industry has a low level of market share concentration as the top four firms in the industry are expected to account for 14.7% of revenue in 2018-19. The vast majority of computer consultancy firms are extremely small; the latest industry data indicates that 0.6% of computer consultants employ over 50 staff members, whereas 94.2% have fewer than five employees. Many businesses involved in IT services are active in the industry. For example, software publishers offer consultancy services alongside their software to ensure that clients get the best from their products.This low level of concentration is consistent with the low levels of concentration in other consulting industries. Over the past five years, the industry’s level of concentration has declined. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Computer Consultants Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Computer Consultants Industry are

  • Development of new products
  • Highly trained workforce
  • Having a clear market position
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as IT and telecommunications adoption and Business confidence index in the Computer Consultants industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Computer Consultants Industry?

    Computer consultants provide expert advice and assistance by planning and designing computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software and communication technologies. Services may also include training users. Industry operators do not sell computer hardware and software (see IBISWorld report G47.410) or install mainframes, personal computers or software.

    Industry Products
  • Software consulting
  • Hardware consulting
  • Systems and technical consulting
  • Business consulting
  • Industry Activities
  • Offering hardware and software consultancy
  • Building custom-designed systems
  • Training users
  • Analysing systems
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Business confidence index
  • Demand from banks
  • Demand from computer and computer equipment repair
  • Real government consumption expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Compressed confidence
  • Adopting and adapting
  • Operations abroad
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Computing confidence
  • Labour firewall
  • Enterprise expansion
  • Consultancies connect
  • Table: Computer Consultants Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Computer Consultants Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Banks
  • Accounting & Auditing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • Software Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Software consulting
  • Systems and technical consulting
  • Business consulting
  • Hardware consulting
  • Chart: Computer Consultants Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Public sector
  • Financial services
  • Professional and technical services
  • Communications and telecommunications
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and retail
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Computer Consultants Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesPayments to subcontractorsRent, utilities and depreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Computer Consultants

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Computer Consultants Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    IBM United Kingdom Ltd,
  • Table: IBM United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Computer Consultants Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Computer Consultants Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Big Data
  • A term that describes any large data set, usually bigger than a petabyte, which can be mined for information.
  • Cloud Computing
  • The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data rather than a local server.
  • Commoditisation
  • When a product or system is widely available and interchangeable with others in the market.
  • Offshoring
  • When a business operation or process is outsourced to a location overseas.
  • Outsourcing
  • When an operation is contracted out to a third party.
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