Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, has suggested that Scotland has the potential to create around 70,000 new digital technologies jobs for contractors and employed workers over the next five years, if connectivity, skills, and research receive sufficient investment, a study has revealed.
“Our industry has experienced exceptional growth in recent years, and 84,000 people are now employed in digital technologies roles across Scotland,” she said. “It’s 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.”
The report published by ScotlandIS, the Scottish trade body for the IT industry, has found that the country’s digital and technology businesses have demonstrated strong growth and confidence within 2015 for the year ahead.
According to the study, more than two-thirds of those surveyed said they achieved sales growth last year while a quarter also reported turnover growth of at least 20 per cent.
The study also revealed that 81 per cent of tech firms expect to see their sales rise in 2016, with 70 per cent optimistic about their prospects within the next 12 months.