Scotland's Digital Tech Sector Poised for Growth

By Gourley, Perry | The Scotsman, March 28, 2017 | Go to article overview

Scotland's Digital Tech Sector Poised for Growth


Gourley, Perry, The Scotsman


AS the sector behind Scotland's two unicorns and its first Aim flotation for several years, it's hard to overstate the economic impact the digital technologies industry is currently having.

The fact that the digital technology industry is now cited as a key driver in pushing up demand for office space in Edinburgh and Glasgow also underlines continued employment growth in a sector which already employs some 90,000 people in Scotland.

While 2016 was a year when the sector was rarely out of the headlines thanks to the likes of Skyscanner, FanDuel and Freeagent, there appears tobeno pause for breath on the horizon.

Research from industrybody ScotlandIS depicts a sector in rude health and continuing to grow sales, profits and headcount.

Its Scottish Technology Industry Survey 2017 found that82 per cent of businesses expect sales to increase in 2017 and 78 per cent have a "very optimistic" or "optimistic" view for the year ahead.

That comes on the back of a year when seven out of ten companies reported an increase in sales, some by more than 50 per cent year on year. Predicted employment growth has also increased since last year's survey. Overall 78 per cent of firms forecast that they will hire more staff in 2017, compared with 66 per cent in 2016.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said the results highlight the "confidence and resilience" of the industry despite uncertainties in the political environment. This is great news not just for our sector, but also for the economy as a whole," she says. "Thedigital technologies industry generates over ?5 billion in gross value added (GVA) for Scotland everyyear and is becoming more and more important in our increasingly digital world."

While skills shortages remain an issue for firms, the survey shows that companies are actively looking at alternative routes into the sector, with 38 per cent of respondents reporting that they are likely to recruit modern apprentices in 2017, up from 29 per cent last year.

For the first time since 2013, demand for experienced staff has outstripped that for graduates, although the need for university graduates continues to be a priority for firms of all sizes. Software and web development remain the most in demand skills but there isalsoa strong requirement for commercial, business support and project management skills, which are required by more than two thirds of companies. …

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