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Digital economy in the United Kingdom (UK) - statistics & facts

The digital sector forms an important part of the economy in the United Kingdom (UK), contributing 149 billion British pounds each year as per the latest figures. Of this, close to 55 billion British pounds came from the sub-sector that includes computer programming, consultancy, and related activities. The digital sector is also a key source of jobs in the UK. More than 1.5 million people work in businesses within the digital economy, a figure that has continued to grow over recent years. Up and down the country, digital businesses from early-stage startups through to larger firms are operating across a range of specialisms, including technology companies trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Businesses and employment

The largest sub-sector of the digital sector in the UK in terms of contribution to the economy – computer programming, consultancy, and related activities – was home to more than 167 thousand businesses in 2019. In terms of job numbers, computer programming activities employed 332 thousand people, while computer consultancy activities helped to employ 414 thousand people. In 2019, the UK was home to 208 thousand IT specialist managers, with a further 148 thousand IT business analysts, architects, and systems designers. Digital skills have developed to become more of a requirement in the UK, with those who possess digital skills able to command higher salaries.

Earnings

Within the UK’s digital sector, median earnings for those involved in information services activities equated to over 43 thousand British pounds. For those working within the computer programming, consultancy, and related activities sub-sector, median earnings totaled 39 thousand British pounds. However, a significant pay disparity between males and females exists within the UK’s digital sector. Median earnings for males reached 40 thousand British pounds, while for females the figure was just under 28 thousand British pounds. The gender pay gap – a measure that shows the difference in average earnings between women and men – of all digital sector employees in the UK suggests women earn 22 percent less than men. For the economy as a whole, women earn 18 percent less than men, highlighting the evident gender pay gap that has plagued the digital sector in the UK.

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