Scotland’s digital industry is forecast to grow by over 10% during 2015, creating as many as 11,000 jobs, according to the annual Technology Industry Survey carried out by ScotlandIS.
The industry comprises over 1,000 workplaces employing a total of 80,000 people across the private and public sectors – 4% of the Scottish working population. Generating annual GVA (Gross Value Added) of £4bn, the digital sector comprises 3% of the national economy.
The ScotlandIS 2015 industry survey found that 83% of companies expect to hire new staff during the year, with 74% looking to recruit graduates. The biggest single area of skills required is for people with software and web development expertise, with Java still the most popular software language. Almost 60% of employers expect to source their new talent from Scotland, as opposed to the rest of the UK and overseas. The most optimistic are medium-sized companies (between 36-500 employees), of which 97% expect to recruit new staff.
This strong performance, putting Scotland’s digital industry in the front line of economic growth hopes, follows on from a record-breaking 2014 during which three-quarters of companies reported good sales growth. Indeed 35% of businesses achieved turnover increases of over 20%, the best performance ever recorded.
As ever, the ability to recruit, motivate and train good staff remains the highest priority of management.