21 May 2009 | Martha McKenzie-Minifie
Central government purchasing of consulting increased "only marginally" last year, according to the latest report from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA).
The minimal rise was the "result of a more disciplined approach to procurement", the report, A positive force for the economy, said. It also found purchasing of consulting was down by 7 per cent among executive agencies and other non-departmental public bodies. Other areas saw increases.
Overall the UK consulting industry grew by 5 per cent last year, a "much slower rate", the report said, than previous years. It noted that the consulting industry grew 10 per cent in 2007 and growth peaked at 27 per cent in 2005.
The MCA estimated that the total consulting industry in the UK was now worth about £9 billion and employed more than 55,000 people.
Its study drew on data from the MCA's members, about 70 per cent of the market.