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Friends seeks IT support in skill shortage

Business solutions firm CMG Admiral has won a £1m contract with

Friends Provident to ease the shortage of skilled staff in its IT


Admiral is set to provide Friends with business support in areas including

its recent demutualisation and development of its stakeholder range.

Friends says it does not have the internal IT resources to cope in these

areas by itself.

Admiral, part of information and communications technology services group

CMG, will also work on a project to reduce the life office&#39s back-office

costs in a bid to help it deliver sub-1 per cent products across the board.

The IT specialist won the contract after a lengthy selection process

involving 14 rival companies. It will take over software development from

Friends&#39 in-house team of over 200 developers.

Friends IT service centre manager David Cooke says: “Due to the skills

shortage, we have experienced difficulties in recruiting appropriately

skilled analysis and development staff for the IT department. In CMG, we

feel we have found an IT partner company that listens and understands the

issues that face us.”

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