ScotlandIS is the membership and cluster management organisation for Scotland’s digital technologies industry.
ScotlandIS at a glance
- ScotlandIS members employ about 60,000 people
- 85% of ScotlandIS members are SMEs
- ScotlandIS represent over 1000 companies through our cluster ecosystem, with more than 300 within our core membership
- ScotlandIS members contribute about £4.7bn to Scotland’s GVA
- Around 6,500 people attended ScotlandIS events in 2019/20
- Scotland’s digital tech sector contributes about £7.5bn to Scotland’s GVA
- 13,000 digital tech job opportunities are created every year in Scotland, filling all of them would add £1bn to Scotland’s GVA
- Scotland has 3,900 digital technologies companies
- Scotland’s digital tech sector grows 1.5 times faster than overall economy
- We are the 4th strongest export sector in Scotland, exporting more than £3.3bn
- 100,000 people work in digital technologies roles across the Scottish economy
- Average annual salary of digital tech workers: £36,900 = 26% higher than average salary of all workers in Scotland
ScotlandIS is at the heart of Scotland’s digital economy, shaping, changing and driving it forward.
We work with members and partners to support the wider digital transformation of business and society. Digital technologies underpin modern business and is critical to Scotland’s economic success. The digital technologies industry in Scotland employs over 70,000 people, offering a wide range of skills and professional services from niche specialised companies to global players.
Our membership includes technology businesses across a wide range of sectors covering telecoms, software, IT services, infrastructure specialists and digital media companies, in addition to universities, the public sector, financial services, energy industries and specialist providers.
ScotlandIS works closely with Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland to underline the importance of the digital technologies industry to the Scottish economy.
ScotlandIS has been the driving force behind the development of the ICT and Digital Technologies Skills Investment Plan, published by SDS and now in the early stage of delivery. This aims to reinforce and improve all aspects of the skills pipeline, from the schools curriculum to work place skills development.
In addition the team at ScotlandIS undertake industry specific research such as the annual Scottish Technology Industry Survey, salary data and end market research. They also lobby policy makers and government on industry issues, for example connectivity and infrastructure improvements, and are viewed as a trusted source of information, providing a strong industry voice.
We provide members with connections up, down and across the industry, relevant market intelligence and acts as a single voice to policy makers. Ensuring a continuing supply of current and future skills is a major area of focus and ScotlandIS facilitates a range of groups or clusters including cyber, data, infrastructure, software engineering and Mobility as a Service.