ICT industry full-time employment worldwide in 2019, 2020 and 2023

The worldwide full-time employment in the ICT sector is projected to reach 55.3 million in 2020 (pre-corona estimation), an increase of 3.9 percent over 2019. Software developer/engineer, user support specialist and systems analyst are three major job roles in the ICT industry.

IT executives are the highest paid

    The average salary for IT professionals ranges from tens of thousands of U.S. dollars to over a hundred thousand, depending on the region. Those working in North America are at the higher end of the salary spectrum compared to IT professionals in Latin America. Unsurprisingly, IT professionals who work in executive positions are the most paid in the global IT industry, followed by those who work in cloud computing, a technology that is being rapidly adopted in today’s information world. Apart from working towards a lucrative position, IT professionals can also obtain certain certifications that improve their value in the eyes of employers and recruiters. Google’s Professional Cloud Architect certification, for example, is the highest –paying certification among IT professionals worldwide in 2020.

A growing demand for IT professionals

   The IT industry consists of a vast range of fields related to computers and digital information. IT professionals have become some of the most in-demand members of today’s labor force, as leading companies across industries continue to push for widespread adoptions of digital technologies. IT sector employment includes professionals from various sub-fields, such as technology manufacturing, telecommunications and internet services, software publishing, and many others.

Full-time employment in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry worldwide in 2019, 2020 and 2023

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2019 to 2020

Supplementary notes


The 2019 figure was calculated by Statista based on initial figures provided by the source.

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