Date lodged: 19 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many people are employed in the smartphone application development sector in Scotland.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 30 January 2017
There is no specific category for the smartphone application development sector using the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2007, produced by the Office for National Statistics.
However, data are available for the ‘Computer programming, consultancy and related activities’ sector (SIC 2007 Division 62) which will encompass the smartphone application development sector. Data from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) shows that employment (employees plus working proprietors) in this sector was 34,100 in 2015, up by around 5% from 32,400 in 2014.