Research published today by the Digital Technologies Skills Group and Skills Development Scotland has said there is an “unprecedented demand” for digital skills, as Scotland’s digital technology sector is forecast to grow twice as fast as the Scottish economy overall up until 2024.
The report Scotland’s Digital Technologies found that tech professionals are in high demand, as over 90,000 people are already employed in tech roles across all sectors in Scotland, with the top three employment areas are Glasgow City, Edinburgh and West Lothian. Two fifths are employed in tech businesses, but this also covers sectors such as finance, creative industries, engineering and the public sector.
It is estimated that Scotland has up to 12,800 tech job opportunities annually – a 16% increase on previous demand forecasts of 11,000. It will be hard to fill these jobs if the flow of skilled EU immigration is constrained by Brexit.
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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