At 10.5 percent, banks and financial services companies,\n by far, spend the biggest chunk of revenue on technology, but\n the government and education sectors also spend significantly.\n The question is, which industry is most efficient?\n MORE ON "State of the CIO"\n \n Salaries, Influence Rising, 2008 Data Show\n \n 2007 State of the CIO coverage\n \n 2006 State of the CIO coverage\n Judging by one measure\u2014the number of users supported\n by each IT staffer\u2014education rules, with 48.3. Schools\n and colleges have all those iPod-wearing, wireless\n network-demanding students running around. Wholesale and retail\n IT pros are a close second on that scale, with\n 47.5\u2014supporting, as they do, lots of full- and part-time\n store clerks and salespeople.But are IT staff in education and retail that much more\n efficient, or just overworked? What are your thoughts? Comment\n below or e-mail me at email@example.com.Spending on IT, By IndustryThe 2008 State of the CIO asked IT\n leaders about their budgets, and how many users they have\n per IT employee.\n \n \n\n \n\n \n \n\n \n Industry\n\n IT Budget as a\n Percent of Revenue\n\n Users per IT\n Staffer\n \n\n \n Financial\n Services\n\n 10.5\n\n 15.7\n \n\n \n Government\n\n 7.8\n\n 37.8\n \n\n \n Education\/nonprofit\n\n 6.2\n\n 48.3\n \n\n \n Health Care\n\n 5.0\n\n 25.4\n \n\n \n Wholesale and\n Retail\n\n 3.9\n\n 47.5\n \n\n \n Manufacturing\n\n 3.4\n\n 40.9\n \n\n \n Overall Sample\n\n 6.7\n\n 35.1\n \n SOURCE: 2008 "State of the CIO" survey\n of 558 heads of IT. NOTE: Survey respondents in financial services, government, health care and wholesale\/retail industries said they expect to be hiring IT staff in the next 12 months.