IT contractors may be interested to learn that Scotland’s digital technologies industry experienced strong growth in 2015 and confidence remains high for the year ahead, which could result in increased job opportunities.
The Scottish Technology Industry Survey 2016, carried out by ScotlandIS, revealed that 68% of businesses achieved sales growth in 2015, with over a quarter reporting an increase in turnover of 20% or more.
Of those surveyed, 81% of businesses expect sales to increase over the next 12 months and 70% are optimistic or very optimistic about the coming year, with the industry on course to continue its rapid growth.
Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, commented on the latest findings, “Our industry has experienced exceptional growth in recent years and 84,000 people are now employed in digital technologies roles across Scotland. It’s really positive to see that so many of our members are expecting sales growth in 2016 and the increase in the number of companies doing business overseas is particularly encouraging.”
According to the report, overall, the recruitment market should remain strong, with two thirds of businesses planning to increase employee numbers in 2016.
Software and web development are the most sought after skill sets, followed by business skills such as project management, sales and marketing.
Polly added, “2015 was an exceptional year in terms of demand for new staff and demand continues to outstrip supply. Most of our members report difficulties in finding the staff they need, so we must continue efforts to develop a strong and sustainable talent pipeline.”
“Scotland has the potential to create 70,000 new digital technologies jobs over the next five years but investment in connectivity, skills, research and to provide growth capital will be needed to ensure we can take advantage of global and domestic opportunities.”