Become a digital human, and fast forward your future
Skills Development Scotland has produced a new overview of the digital technologies sector in Scotland. Ketty Lawrence, Project Manager for Digital Technologies at SDS, gives us her personal view on the research.
Digital technology is booming in Scotland, continuing to transform the way we live while having an increasingly disruptive effect on business. The tech sector is growing rapidly but it’s not just tech businesses that are affected, this digital revolution is impacting all businesses and organisations across Scotland’s entire economy.
As it continues to pick up pace it is creating unprecedented demand for tech skills from employers and bringing with it a wealth of career opportunities for young people and adults alike. We recently updated our research into the tech sector, and here’s what we found:
- The tech sector contributed £4.9bn to Scotland’s economy and is forecast to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the country.
- Scotland’s tech sector is dynamic with a huge range of companies from micro businesses to multinationals, working in all kinds of areas including software, app development, gaming, cloud computing, social media and data analytics (to name just a few
- Around 100,000 people are employed in tech jobs in Scotland. 40% of these people work in tech businesses, however 60% work in other types of businesses such as finance, creative industries, energy, life sciences and retail. Many of these “digital humans” are using their tech skills for social good in an effort to make the world a better place.
- Overall it is estimated there are around 13,000 tech job opportunities every year in Scotland due to increased demand from employers for additional staff as well as jobs arising from people leaving the workforce due to retirement etc.
- The average salary for a typical tech job is 26% higher than the Scottish average – £36,900 compared to £29,200 – and is also rising faster than other salaries (15% versus 11%).
- Tech employers are investing in apprenticeships for “digital humans” in record numbers , including opportunities in software, IT, cyber security, data analytics, digital marketing and app development.
- As well as the typical technical skills sighted above, tech employers are increasingly looking to extend their talent pool, and take on new recruits from diverse backgrounds including maths, business, creative arts and design.
The message from this research is clear – digital technology is growing, demand for skills is growing, and forecast job opportunities are growing! So fast forward your future, and ours, by becoming a digital human and use your skills and technology to help make our world a better place.
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