ICT Switzerland Background

Economic Power

The economic importance of ICT

Adding gross value of CHF 28 billion in 2014, the Swiss ICT sector is one of Switzerland’s top ten industries.

With the exception of 2003, the ICT industry has grown every year since 1998. Even in the recession year of 2009, when Swiss economic output dropped by 1.9%, ICT generated slight growth.

Switzerland is currently an important ICT export nation. Export volume grew from around CHF 14 billion in 2000 to CHF 18.3 billion in 2014. The export growth is due in particular to ICT services, which increased from CHF 6.5 billion to CHF 11.5 billion in this period. ICT services are currently one of the five most exported services from Switzerland.

With 205,000 ICT (Information and Communications Technology) specialists, ICT is Switzerland’s sixth largest profession. Around two-thirds (62%) of the 205,600 ICT employees work in other sectors, for example banking and corporate consultancy, public administration, wholesale or retail. At 78,200, slightly more than a third of ICT employees work in the ICT sector itself. The distribution of ICT employees confirms the significance of its cross-sector function for all sectors, public administration and also for civil society as a whole.

The outstanding importance of ICT for Switzerland is clearly shown by the fact that the number of ICT employees in Switzerland has more than doubled over the last 20 years. Indeed, since 1991, it has also expanded at four times the speed of the country’s overall workforce. However, Switzerland is currently facing a rapidly growing shortage of ICT specialists. According to a study conducted by ICT Vocational Training Switzerland, the country will need an extra 30,000 ICT specialists by the year 2022. Switzerland is primarily short of software developers. This shortfall will have a negative effect on the Swiss economy. Restrictions on immigration are having a number of repercussions for the overall economy. Firstly, companies are being forced to resort to hiring many people from other sectors. Secondly, certain tasks are having to be exported abroad. And thirdly, companies can no longer capitalise on growth opportunities.

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The ICT industry – export growth opportunities

Two studies commissioned by ICTswitzerland were presented at the CNO Panel 2016 event. The latest ICT foreign trade study by the umbrella organisation ICTswitzerland indicates that ICT services are still Switzerland's fifth largest services export sector. Constant growth means Switzerland's ICT services trade balance has almost evened out by now. The Swiss Software Industry Survey (SSIS), published on the same day, shows high but declining profitability in the Swiss software sector. This sector generates almost two thirds of its export revenues in Germany.More

Swiss Software Industry Survey 2016

The SSIS, conducted annually by the University of Berne, provides information on developments in the Swiss software sector. In 2015, the study focused on internationalization.More

ICT foreign trade study 2015

The latest ICT foreign trade study by the umbrella organisation ICTswitzerland indicates that ICT services are still Switzerland's fifth largest services export sector. Constant growth means Switzerland's ICT services trade balance has almost evened out by now. More

digital.swiss – One-stop shop for information about digitization in Switzerland

Yesterday marked the official launch of the digital.swiss domain. digital.swiss is the platform that provides concise information on the status of digitization in Switzerland and invites interested parties to engage in a discussion on the topic. This online platform measures Switzerland's level of digitization using an index and scorecard while also providing an overview of digitization, projects and events. Representatives from the realms of industry, politics, administration and interested members of the public are invited to share information on the platform and stimulate discussions. We want to work together to develop ideas and prompt initiatives that will drive digitization forward in Switzerland.More

«Swissness Worldwide 2016»: Image der Schweizer ICT ausbaufähig

Die Schweiz wird kaum als innovative und führende Wirtschaftsnation wahrgenommen – obwohl sie in den Ranglisten bezüglich globaler Innovations- und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit Spitzenplätze einnimmt. Auch das Image der Schweizer ICT im Ausland muss diesbezüglich deutlich gesteigert werden. Hier finden Sie die Medienmitteilung und einen Auszug aus der Studie. More

The Swiss Software Industry Survey moves to the second round

The survey of more than 6,000 contacts from the Swiss software industry conducted within the framework of the Swiss Software Industry Survey (SSIS) gets underway today. This is a long-term study by the University of Berne’s Institute of Information Systems, which each year provides information on current trends and on long-term developments in the Swiss software industry. The focus this year is on internationalisation.More

Significance of the Swiss ICT economy continues to grow

Within the framework of the CNO Panel 2015 meeting, two new studies on information and communications technology have been published: ICTswitzerland presented the first comprehensive ICT foreign trade study and the University of Bern unveiled the new Swiss Software Industry Survey (SSIS).More

Swiss Software Industry Survey (SSIS)

The SSIS carried out by the Institute of Information Systems is a long-term study that gives an annual picture of the current situation, the latest trends and the long-term development of the Swiss software sector.More

ICT-Exportstatistik 2010-2011

[The following notice is only available in German] Die Studie von ICTswitzerland zeigt, dass das Exportvolumen der Schweizer ICT-Branche im Jahr 2011 rund 9 Mrd. CHF betrug. Die Schweizer ICT-Produkte und -Dienstleistungen gehören somit zu den zehn wichtigsten Exportgruppen. Im Vergleich zu den Schweizer Exportschlagern Käse und Schokolade betrug das Exportvolumen mehr als das Sechsfache. More

Die Schweiz exportiert sechsmal mehr ICT als Käse und Schokolade zusammen

Die neue Studie von ICTswitzerland zeigt, dass das Exportvolumen der Schweizer ICT-Branche im Jahr 2011 rund 9 Mrd. CHF betrug. Die Schweizer ICT-Produkte und -Dienstleistungen gehören somit zu den zehn wichtigsten Exportgruppen. Im Vergleich zu den Schweizer Exportschlagern Käse und Schokolade betrug das Exportvolumen mehr als das Sechsfache.More

Wirtschaftsmotor Internet: Medienkonferenz von ICTswitzerland, Econlab und Google

Im Rahmen der heutigen Medienkonferenz verdeutlichte Andreas Kaelin, Geschäftsführer von ICTswitzerland, die zunehmende wirtschaftliche Bedeutung der ICT in der Schweiz. Die Schweiz ist in den vergangenen zwei Jahrzehnten von einer rasanten Entwicklung der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (ICT) geprägt worden. Durch die kommerzielle Nutzung des Internets hat die Schweizer Wirtschaft einen ungeheuren Aufschwung erlebt. Nils Braun von Econlab präsentiert eine aktuelle Studie zur «Ökonomischen Bedeutung des Internets für die Schweiz». More

Die ökonomische Bedeutung des Internets für die Schweiz

Die Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (ICT) ist eine Schlüsseltechnologie für die schweizerische Volkswirtschaft und das Internet ist eine äusserst wichtige Komponente der ICT. Da der ökonomische Effekt des Internets praktisch die ganze Volkswirtschaft betrifft, und nicht nur die eigentliche ICT-Branche bzw. nur Unternehmen mit ICT-Beschäftigten, ist eine Quantifizierung technisch anspruchsvoll. Die vorliegende Studie wurde im Auftrag von ICTswitzerland erstellt.More