Fee income for IT consultancy showed a particularly strong increase (14%) on the previous quarter. This reflects the work being done with established “bricks and mortar” organisations to enable them to take advantage of the commercial opportunities offered by the Internet. A positive outlook for 2001 is reflected in healthy recruitment targets. All firms interviewed were planning to recruit more consultants in 2001 than in 2000 with over a quarter of firms planning to take on more than 200. It is estimated that around 3,000 new consultants will be recruited by MCA firms next year, an increase of 17%.