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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15842: Mairi Gougeon (Angus North and Mearns)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 9 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been employed in the software and electronic publishing sector in each year since 2008.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 April 2018

Table 1 shows the estimated level of total employment within Scotland’s software and electronic publishing sector from 2009 to 2017. January-December 2017 is the most recent Annual Population Survey data available.

Table 1: Total employment in software

and electronic publishing, Scotland, 2009-2017


Employment (000s)

Jan-Dec 2009                 


Jan-Dec 2010


Jan-Dec 2011


Jan-Dec 2012


Jan-Dec 2013


Jan-Dec 2014


Jan-Dec 2015


Jan-Dec 2016


Jan-Dec 2017


Source: Annual Population Survey

*Figures rounded to nearest 100.

1. The ‘software and electronic publishing sector’ is defined as including the following Standard Industrial Classification 2007:

58.29 Other software Publishing

62.01/2 Business and domestic software development

62.02 Computer consultancy activities

This definition is consistent with the Scottish Government’s Growth Sector definition of ‘Digital Industries’. More details can found in the Growth Sectors Database at the link shown below:

2. The industry classification SIC 2007 was introduced to the Annual Population Survey in 2009. It is therefore not possible from this source to produce a consistent estimate of employment in this sector for 2008.