Tech Nation 2017: Belfast, the Half-Billion Pound Industry
By Leanne Ross
March 22, 2017
Today sees the launch of Tech Nation 2017 from Tech City UK, a report that we at Digital DNA were proud to be Community Partners for.
And there are some encouraging numbers coming out of Belfast and, indeed the rest of the UK.
Tech Nation 2017 shows that the UK digital tech sector is one of the country’s economic success stories, growing twice as fast as the wider economy and creating highly skilled workers and well-paid jobs.
You can access the full report here.
The sector remains at the epicentre of the European tech scene but the new report also reveals some important new data that underlines how significant the sector is to generating economic growth nationwide:
- The UK’s digital tech industry turned over an estimated £170 billion in 2015, and is growing at twice the rate of the rest of the economy and is key to boosting the UK’s wider economy with a contribution of £97 billion in 2015
- The digital tech industry generated a further 85,000 jobs over the past year from 1.56 million in 2014 to 1.64 million in 2015, creating jobs at double the rate of the rest of the economy.
- Similarly, since 2012 there has been a 13% increase in the advertised salaries of digital tech posts, compared with only a 4% rise in those of non-digital jobs.
- Tech investment in the UK reached £6.8bn in 2016, more than two times higher than any other European country and significantly more than its closest rival, France, which secured £2.4bn.
- Tech Nation 2017 shows that the average advertised salary for digital-tech jobs has now reached £50,663 a year, compared with £35,155 for the average non-digital salary, making it 44% higher than than the national average.
With more than 2,700 survey respondents from digital businesses across the country also contributing insights, the latest iteration of Tech Nation showcases the continued growth and evolution of the UK at the forefront of global innovation.
With over 1000 data points, 220 community partners, 61 tech startup case studies and 30 UK tech clusters, this iteration of Tech Nation marks the most comprehensive study to date on the UK’s tech ecosystem.
Whilst we have these statistics from the UK’s wider economy, here in Northern Ireland we share some similarly impressive figures from our cluster hub city, too.
Tech Nation 2017: Belfast
From a healthy increase in digital businesses (up 37% in four years) to a strong Digital GVA of £531 million (average 2013-2015) and over 9,000 tech economy jobs; Belfast is holding its own among the UK’s digital hubs and cluster cities.
However we do face challenges around a limited pool of highly skilled workers, investment structure and digital infrastructure.
These issues and more, are why we will continue to do what we do through 2017 and beyond.
For more information on the digital economy within the Belfast region, click the link here.