Of the £191.5m spent through the network up until the end of May 2014, 57% of total sales were awarded to SMEs – down from the 60% reported for sales up until the end of March this year.
However, as it is Whitehall’s aim to do 25% of all government business with SMEs by the end of 2015, the figures still suggest that it is still on track to meet this target.
Central government spending still dominates G-Cloud usage, with 80% of all sales being through Whitehall and 20% through the wider public sector.
Local government contributed just £11.4m to the total G-Cloud spend and spent less in May (£642,258) compared to April (£894,078).
G-Cloud has been under much discussion recently, after a report claimed that local government was ignoring the framework and “wasting millions” in the process.
The organisation says the report failed to take into account a number of factors, most notably that it didn’t recognise large, one-off sales – this may explain why local authorities seem to have spent less in May 2014.
Spending on “specialist cloud services” is down from £16.7m in April to £9.57m in May. Software as a Service (SaaS) sales also fell from £1.89m to £504k.
Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) sales have remained steady - £1.6m to £1.72m and £57.8k to £177k respectively.