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IT industry in Germany - statistics & facts

German IT industry revenue grew steadily during the last decade, amounting to almost 95 billion euros in 2020. For 2021, the forecast thus far predicts 98.6 billion euros. The strong growth of the industry is tied to the increasingly widespread role IT plays in all areas of daily consumer life, professional, administrative, political and economical activity, to name only a few examples.

Generally, the main large-scale segments the IT industry can be split into are IT hardware, software and IT services. The latter is predictably in demand across industries and sectors, on municipal, regional and national levels, generating 39.6 billion euros in revenue in 2020. That same year, around one million employees worked in IT services and software. Worldwide, spending on IT services is expected to increase significantly. These services cover a wide range of areas centered around system implementation, IT support, maintenance, cybercrime prevention - nowadays standard requirements both for the private and public sectors, therefore ensuring a constant demand for IT specialists. While most businesses aim to hire for and build their own in-house IT department, there are also German companies specializing in IT consulting and system integration.

An increasingly indispensable part of IT services and business activity worldwide is cloud computing. Clouds are networks located on remote servers which are accessibl online. These networks are used for data storage, management and processing, which obviously creates enormous flexibility for both private and business users on one hand, and provides additional online security challenges on the other. German companies used a variety of cloud computing services. In terms of usage, rates increased noticeably in recent years, amounting to 76 percent in 2019.

The German IT industry both imports and exports hardware. The majority of hardware imports to Germany originate from China. Meanwhile, within Europe, Germany is the leading hardware export market for Italy.

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IT industry in Germany - statistics & facts

German IT industry revenue grew steadily during the last decade, amounting to almost 95 billion euros in 2020. For 2021, the forecast thus far predicts 98.6 billion euros. The strong growth of the industry is tied to the increasingly widespread role IT plays in all areas of daily consumer life, professional, administrative, political and economical activity, to name only a few examples.

Generally, the main large-scale segments the IT industry can be split into are IT hardware, software and IT services. The latter is predictably in demand across industries and sectors, on municipal, regional and national levels, generating 39.6 billion euros in revenue in 2020. That same year, around one million employees worked in IT services and software. Worldwide, spending on IT services is expected to increase significantly. These services cover a wide range of areas centered around system implementation, IT support, maintenance, cybercrime prevention - nowadays standard requirements both for the private and public sectors, therefore ensuring a constant demand for IT specialists. While most businesses aim to hire for and build their own in-house IT department, there are also German companies specializing in IT consulting and system integration.

An increasingly indispensable part of IT services and business activity worldwide is cloud computing. Clouds are networks located on remote servers which are accessibl online. These networks are used for data storage, management and processing, which obviously creates enormous flexibility for both private and business users on one hand, and provides additional online security challenges on the other. German companies used a variety of cloud computing services. In terms of usage, rates increased noticeably in recent years, amounting to 76 percent in 2019.

The German IT industry both imports and exports hardware. The majority of hardware imports to Germany originate from China. Meanwhile, within Europe, Germany is the leading hardware export market for Italy.

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