Software Engineers (Demand)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

The information technology and telecoms sector is important, as it directly contributes £3 billion to the Scottish economy. In its own right, the sector employs around 56,000 individuals and, with the enabling technology supporting and driving growth in other areas, the workforce involved totals around 73,000.

Skills Development Scotland is working with industry and public sector partners to finalise a skills investment plan for information and communication technology, based on robust evidence, to quantify the workforce needed in future. The skills investment plan will also identify any actions required, for example to support the increasing demand for software engineers and to increase the size and diversity of the talent pool, given that women are consistently underrepresented as employees and account for 17 per cent of the workforce. The action plan will be developed further through a process of consultation with industry stakeholders.