IT in the nations and regions

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Explore the IT & Telecoms landscape in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

The IT & Telecoms sector is of enormous importance in all the nations and regions.

e-skills UK research provides an in-depth picture of what’s happening in the sector and workforce, as well as predicting future trends throughout the UK and in each individual nation.

Why you need to know more about IT & Telecoms in England

  • England is highly dependent on its IT & Telecoms workforce - it underpins the economy and is integral to information, business and consumer services, health and leisure and modern-day social networking. 
  • 1.37m people employed in England (6% of the workforce) work in the IT & Telecoms workforce.
  • Employment in the IT industry is predicted to grow at almost five times the England average. 
  • Optimisation of ICT could generate an additional £43.8 billion of gross value added (GVA) across England’s economy over the next 5-7 years.
  • Employment in the IT industry in England is predicted to grow at almost five times the average for the country.

For updated figures, check the Technology Insights 2012 England report.

Why you need to know more about IT & Telecoms in Northern Ireland

  • GVA per head in Northern Ireland is significantly lower than other nations and regions (at 79% of the UK average). 
  • There are currently 22,000 people employed in the IT & Telecoms workforce in Northern Ireland, representing 3% of total employment. 
  • Employment in the IT industry is predicted to grow at nine times the Northern Ireland average. 
  • 9,200 new entrants are needed to fill IT & Telecoms professional job roles in Northern Ireland over the next 5 years.
  • IT & Telecoms related skills shortages are more common amongst firms in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK. 
  • There are almost 1,500 IT & Telecoms related workplaces in Northern Ireland. Of these, the vast majority of workplaces (76%) are IT focussed and services orientated (75%). 

Download the Technology Insights 2011: Northern Ireland report PDF 2MB

Find out about the Northern Ireland ICT labour market snapshot

Why you need to know more about IT & Telecoms in Scotland

  • There are over 7,000 workplaces in Scotland’s IT & Telecoms industry. 84% of them are IT and 16% are Telecoms.
    Today, the IT & Telecoms industry contributes in excess of £3.4 billion or 5% of Scotland’s total Gross Value Added (GVA). 
    Optimisation of ICT could generate an additional £5.0 billion GVA across Scotland’s economy. 
    One in twenty five of workers in Scotland are employed in the IT & Telecoms workforce. 
    Employment in the IT industry is predicted to grow at nearly nine times the Scotland average. 
    40,600 new entrants over the next five years are required to fill IT & Telecoms professional job roles in Scotland. 
    Download the Technology Insights 2011: Scotland report
    There are over 7,000 workplaces in Scotland’s IT & Telecoms industry. 84% of them are IT and 16% are Telecoms.
  • Today, the IT & Telecoms industry contributes in excess of £3.4 billion or 5% of Scotland’s total Gross Value Added (GVA). 
  • Optimisation of ICT could generate an additional £5.0 billion GVA across Scotland’s economy. 
  • One in twenty five of workers in Scotland are employed in the IT & Telecoms workforce. 
  • Employment in the IT industry is predicted to grow at nearly nine times the Scotland average. 
  • 40,600 new entrants over the next five years are required to fill IT & Telecoms professional job roles in Scotland. 

For updated figures, check the Technology Insights 2012 Scotland report.

Why you need to know more about IT & Telecoms in Wales

  • Wales is highly dependent on the IT & Telecoms sector, with 4% of people employed in Wales working in the IT & Telecoms workforce.
  • There are nearly 112,000 workplaces in the IT & Telecoms industry in Wales. 79% of these are IT and 21% Telecoms.
  • Continuing to adopt and exploit ICT could generate an estimated £1.1bn of GVA to the Welsh economy over the next 5-7 years.
  • Employment in the IT industry is predicted to grow at nearly five times the Wales average.

For updated figures, check the Technology Insights 2012 Wales report.

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