About time someone noticed!
It's frankly bonkers.
That's a mad amount of money to be using on consultants. Why do they not have the expertise on staff to do this work?! £1.35m for one consultant!!! Crazy!
interestingly I have a friend who works for KPMGI guess the drinks will be on him next time we meet up. Then again they didn't make becta's list of approved consultantsQuote:
The report said that "in perhaps the worst case of using consultants" one advisor from KPMG was paid £1.35m over three years.
Becta signs consultancy contract | Kable
Then again maybe "high quality" advice should be asked for from the people at the chalk face... And a whole lot less money "wasted"Quote:
Steve Moss, strategic director for ICT at Partnerships for Schools, said: "High quality advice and consultancy is vital for local authorities and schools as they plan for and engage in the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, and in particular when it comes to making decisions about ICT which can help transform how students learn and how teachers teach.
"High quality advice and consultancy is vital for local authorities and schools" - about time they got some then instead of consultants who know naff all about education and the needs to T&L.
It's not just education or public sector that spends a fortune on consultancy - many private companies do the same. There seems to be a real aversion to making decisions so you bring in a consultant to make the decision for you and take a shed load of cash in the process!
My personal opinion and all that but:
consultant = FAILED techie...... :eek:
One minute we have people saying "go talk to the chalk-face" and the next we have folk saying that people who have left the chalk face to be consultants are actually failures.
And they say politicians can't make decisions between them?
I believe a good ex-techie can make a very good consultant.... for a while.
So many consultants begin from a position of strength, having been there...done the job... collected the t-shirt....
But, their practical hands-on knowledge becomes stale over time; they end up delivering "you get what I know" solutions because they become out of touch with where the action is ... They cannot afford the time to re-skill or renew their hands-on experience because they are too busy earning money as 'consultants'.
I have some sympathy, it is a hard life, in some consultancy practices when they become too stale to be employable they get fired & are replaced with new ex-techies who have up-to-date skills that are in demand....
I think the best people are the 'specialist practitioners' who have consultancy skills, do the job, but can also advise others. You do come across these from time to time, but they are always regarded as being 'lesser mortals' than consultants and so carry less authority with clients & earn less money for their consultancy practices.
You can find them in big IT services companies like HP, IBM, Cisco....
Unfortunately too many clients rely upon consultants to make decisions for them, without listening to their own staff. Sadly, in many cases this stifles innovation and holds organisations back rather than helping. BSF is a case in point.
Amen to that !!Quote:
Unfortunately too many clients rely upon consultants to make decisions for them, without listening to their own staff.