New research shows growth in the Information Economy is twice the UK average.
e-skills UK, Intellect and BCS have issued a new report which shows the growth in the Information Economy. The number of people working in the Information Economy industries grew 8% over the 2009-12 period – a rate four times that recorded for the UK workforce as a whole.
“This research shows that tech in the UK and the wider Information Economy is in robust health,” says Julian David of industry body Intellect. “The UK tech sector is critical to the national economy – across all industries we employ more than 1.4 million people, representing 5% of the total UK workforce. Tech in the UK sits at the heart of all kinds of activities and advances, from education to energy and from finance to fashion. This research is a timely reminder that continued economic recovery is critically dependent on digital expertise – and that the UK tech sector is well placed to lead it.”
“Employers across the Information Economy are committed to driving growth further and faster,” adds Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK. “They know that, with the right skills in place, the UK has the potential to be a global leader in the digital industries. They are working together to ensure that as a nation we have the skills base to take advantage of the opportunities. It’s rare to see such unity of purpose in an industry – but if the stakes are high, the possibilities are boundless.”