ICT Industry Analysis


 

PREDICT 2013 REPORT

ICT sector R&D personnel

Figure 1–15a: ICT R&D personnel share on total ICT sector employment, and ICT R&D researchers share on ICT R&D. European Union (2006-2010) Figure 1–15b: Annual growth rates of ICT sector employment, ICT R&D personnel and ICT R&D researchers. European Union (2006-2010)


Source:
Eurostat, elaborated by Ivie and JRC-IPTS

R&D personnel in the ICT sector accounts for around 4% of total ICT sector employment (the statistics available for all the countries provides the data for personnel in full-time equivalent (FTE) terms while employment is measured in terms of headcounts). This share increased from 4.05% in 2006 to 4.30% in 2010. The sharpest growth was seen in 2010. The share of ICT R&D researchers on ICT personnel has fluctuated around a range of 62%-64%.

Figure 1–16a: Share of ICT manufacturing R&D personnel and ICT services R&D personnel. European Union (2006-2010) Figure 1–16b: Annual growth rates of ICT manufacturing R&D personnel and ICT services R&D personnel. European Union (2006-2010)


Source:
Eurostat, elaborated by Ivie and JRC-IPTS

While R&D personnel in the ICT services sectors retained positive annual growth rates, even in the years of deep recession, the same cannot be said for ICT manufacturing sectors, where the growth rates have always been negative.

Figure 1–17: ICT R&D personnel share of total R&D personnel and comparison with non-ICT economic activities. European Union (2006-2010)

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.

R&D personnel in the services sector showed an upward trend that was very pronounced in the two sub-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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