Benefits To Clients Of Working Remotely With Consultants
The survey identified that clients found the following to be benefits of having a remote working relationship with consultants:
- Less money spent on travelling and hotels
- A greater pool of consultants available due to not needing to be on site
- An increase in time spent with the clients
- Faster decisions being made and quicker implementation of services
On the converse of this, clients have found it difficult to work through sensitive issues due to a lack of face-to-face meetings and technology (or a lack of) has proven to be an issue. These things will need to be something that the sector will have to consider going forward.
The Growth of the Digital & Technology Sector
MCA members have predicted that the area that will see the largest growth over the next 12-24 months will be digital and technology. With 54% of members surveyed saying this, it is leaps and bounds in front of the next two areas. These being government and public sector, and health and life sciences at 26% and 28% respectively. This is unsurprising given the fact that the pandemic has identified how much we rely on digital for businesses to simply survive in a modern world. As we continue to work remotely, and have more virtual client-consultant relationships, advancements in this area will also be incredibly important. Advancements in the digital field are nothing new. Even pre-pandemic we have been consistently moving more and more into a digital world. This has opened up a need for expertise in the area, and more quickly than ever anticipated. It is therefore safe to assume an increasing number of consultants will either train directly or move into this industry sector.
The Future Of Consultancy
After a year of uncertainty, the consultancy sector will continue to be critical in improving the state of the UK economy. With predictions strong that the digital and technology sector will grow over the next few years, consultants with expertise in this area are going to be essential. This will likely mean more people than ever choosing to specialise in this area. Businesses will need help bringing their technology up to speed with an ever-increasingly remote world and will be looking to bring in consultants to help them do this. It is therefore incredibly likely that the predicted 9% growth of the industry over the next year will not only be met, but exceeded.