ICT Industry Analysis


 

PREDICT 2014 REPORT

ICT sector R&D personnel

Figure 1–15a: ICT sector R&D researchers share on ICT R&D personnel and ICT sector R&D personnel share on total ICT sector employment,. European Union (2006-2011) Figure 1–15b: Annual growth rates of ICT sector employment, ICT sector R&D personnel and ICT sector R&D researchers. European Union (2006-2011)

Source: Eurostat, elaborated by Ivie and JRC-IPTS

R&D personnel in the ICT sector accounts for around 4.1% of total ICT sector employment. This share increased from 3.99% in 2006 to 4.29% in 2011. The sharpest growth was seen in 2010 which maintained in 2011. The share of ICT sector R&D researchers on ICT personnel has fluctuated around a range of 63%-65%.

Figure 1–16a: ICT sector R&D personnel share on total R&D personnel, and ICT R&D researchers share on total R&D researchers. European Union (2006-2011) Figure 1–16b: Annual growth rates of R&D personnel and researchers, ICT sector R&D personnel and ICT sector R&D researchers. European Union (2006-2011

Source: Eurostat, elaborated by Ivie and JRC-IPTS

ICT sector R&D personnel accounts for around 19% of total R&D personnel while ICT sector R&D researchers amount to 22% of total R&D researchers. Due to the greater dynamism registered in total R&D and researchers, the ICT sector shares in the two variables decreased over the period.

Figure 1–17-a: Share of ICT manufacturing R&D personnel and ICT services R&D personnel. European Union (2006-2011)

Figure 1–17-b: Annual growth rates of ICT manufacturing R&D personnel and ICT services R&D personnel. European Union (2006-2011)

 
Source: Eurostat, elaborated by Ivie and JRC-IPTS.

While R&D personnel in the ICT services sectors retained its positive annual growth rates, even in the years of deep recession, the same cannot be said for ICT manufacturing sectors. In this case, the annual variation rate has always been negative, except in 2011, when it is higher than the ICT services growth.

 

Figure 1–18: ICT sector R&D personnel share of total R&D personnel and comparison with non-ICT economic activities. European Union (2006-2011)

a) Manufacturing

       b) Services

 
Note: Agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining and quarrying; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities; and construction are not included in either manufacturing or services industries.
Source: Eurostat, elaborated by Ivie and JRC-IPTS.

While R&D personnel share in manufacturing decreased, R&D personnel in the services sector showed an upward trend that was very pronounced in the two sectors with the highest weight: ICT total services and Professional, scientific and technical activities. Thus, as with almost all variables, the services sector has shown remarkable resilience even in the most difficult years of the economic recession.

 

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