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Stock photo of an IT technician working on a server.
Stock photo of an IT technician working on a server.
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CARL MORTISHED

Want a government IT contract? Pay more tax

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The government contract used to be the holy grail for an IT supplier. The work was always huge, complex and seemingly never-ending, as new ministers took over the brief and changed the specs agreed to by the previous government. Supplying a government agency was almost a licence to print money, if you could tolerate the endless meetings with uncomprehending civil servants.