Recent reports have detailed huge growth for the Scottish digital sector as Skills Development Scotland and Digital Technologies Skills Group detail it to be the economy’s fastest growing sector and forecast it to grow twice as fast as the Scottish economy overall in the years to 2024.
This rise in demand and opportunity is second to the fact that the sector already employs 2% of the national workforce and currently accounts for 5% of Scotland’s total business base. Previously it has been estimated that there will be 11,000 tech job opportunities annually, however this has now been boosted to an estimated 12,800, a 16% increase.
In discussion around how Scotland will adapt for this unprecedented digital growth, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay spoke of reforming public services to boost skills and support the sector.
Mackay said "In March this year we published our ambitious, refreshed, digital strategy which reflects our vision for this area by aiming to create 150,000 digital jobs, ensuring all premises have access to broadband speeds of at least 30Mbps by 2021, and integrating digital into schools and further education.”
At present, 60,000 people were found to be employed by the tech industry in Scotland and the number of tech businesses rose by 53% between 2010 and 2015. This rapid increase will call for a major influx in quality tech candidates.
Claire Gillespie, from Skills Development Scotland, said: "The digital technologies sector is expanding and is a key contributor to the economic growth and global competitiveness of every sector in Scotland.
This growth is creating significant job opportunities for skilled workers, particularly young people and other new entrants across a wide range of roles.”
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