SNP Government investment of nearly £28 million in the software sector has contributed to a jobs boom in the industry, latest figures reveal.
The number of software enterprises registered in Scotland has increased by over 90% since the SNP came to power, from 3,805 in 2008 to 7,265 now, meaning there are now around 42,500 people employed in the software and electronic publishing sectors, following years of sustained support from the SNP Government.
The highly skilled tech sector jobs this investment supports helps Scotland’s economy adapt and develop to be fit for the challenges of an increasingly digital age. The SNP Government continues to invest to encourage more people, particularly women, into developing skills in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) necessary to support this burgeoning industry for decades to come.
Commenting, Kenneth Gibson said:
"These figures show the positive role taken by the SNP Government in supporting Scotland’s modern economy.
“Since the SNP came to power, we have seen a 90% increase in the number of software and electronic publishing firms registered in Scotland, in no small part thanks to SNP’s policies to support new, small businesses and investment in the sector.
“The SNP Government has invested nearly £28 million over the last five years, helping new firms get up and running and supporting those already leading the way, as well as publishing a ground-breaking STEM Strategy to help support this key sector and the 42,000 jobs it directly supports.
“This confirms the SNP Government’s commitment to developing and supporting Scotland’s new economy, now and in the future, developing the skills and expertise to build a strong, modern economy.”