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Telecom CPD

In 2020, the Digital Sector contributed around £142.3 billion to the UK economy. This was 7.5% of total UK GVA, compared to 7.0% in 2019.

From 2010 to 2019 (the last full year prior to the pandemic) the Digital Sector grew by 66.6%, compared to 19.6% for the UK. The GVA of the Digital Sector then increased by 0.4% from 2019 to 2020, while the UK economy as a whole fell by 10.6%.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology currently groups the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes defining the Digital Sector into nine distinct subsectors, grouped by policy themes. Looking at these subsectors:

  • The trend from 2019 to 2020 was affected by a fall of 9.9% in the “Film, TV, video, radio, music” subsector, counterbalanced by a rise in the “Telecommunications” (4.3%) and “Computer programming, consultancy and related activities” subsectors (2.3%).

  • “Computer programming, consultancy and related activities” subsector (£53.4bn) is also consistently the largest in size within the Digital Sector, generating £53.4bn for the UK economy in 2020.

The UK economy as a whole was adversely affected by COVID-19 but the Digital Sector mainly particularly comprised of industries that were less affected by its impacts, perhaps because they relied less on in-person production and/or consumption of goods and services.


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