Companies could unlock £92bn of digital growth –

“Companies tend to be somewhat over-optimistic when forecasting, but this figure nevertheless demonstrates a level of confidence in the potential of digital to create jobs,” the research said.

During the shift over the next two years, the executives polled expect to see 300,000 jobs made obsolete. However, an additional 1.1m jobs would be created through investments in digital services such as data analytics, customer relations and software development.

Just over half of these jobs would appear in London and the South East of England, although all regions would see more jobs created that lost, according to the survey.

Source: Virgin Media Business

As well as companies that work directly in technology, retailers and construction firms also reported strong growth already generated by digital developments. Domino’s Pizza, for example, last week hailed the popularity of its mobile ordering service and online adverts.

“Engineering and construction is traditionally perceived as a manual industry but digital technology is reshaping the sector,” said Volker Buscher, director of digital at Arup. “We use five dimensional modelling techniques to visualise buildings and structures before they are built, looking not only at a 3D design but also predicting economic and environmental impact

“All of these areas require skills in data analysis, coding and project management, making Arup Digital one of the fasting growing areas of our business.”

Businesses spent £2bn researching and developing new computer programmes and information services in 2013, according to the latest official data, compared to £2.1bn spent on motor vehicle R&D and £800m on consumer electronic development.


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