The digitization as a job killer? Quite the contrary, it is the industry Association Bitkom is not tired to emphasize. The industry Association has published on Thursday its economic forecast for 2019 – and both with a view to the business situation as well as jobs for an optimistic Outlook. The market for IT, telecommunications and entertainment electronics are expected to grow accordingly in this year by 1.5 percent to 168.5 billion euros. The end of the year will be employed in the industry is expected to 1,174 million people, as it is called. This corresponds to an increase of 40,000 jobs and an increase of 3.5 percent compared to 2018. “Digitization is driving the market and is a guarantee for more jobs,” said Bitkom President Achim Berg.

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last year, the ICT market has surpassed the according to the growth forecast. The revenues in 2018, 2.0 per cent to EUR 166.0 billion euros. To the beginning of the year, the experts expected an increase of 1.7 percent.

but there are also many in the growth industry of the one or the other of the brake track. “The lack of specialists is preventing further increases,” said mountain. By the end of 2018 will be the Association’s calculations, a total of 82000 for IT professionals vacant. In 2017, it was only the 55,000 – an increase of almost 50 percent in a single year.

very good salaries

The industry Association will, among other things, that digital skills and media literacy to be more firmly anchored in education and training, as well as in the schools topic. “More and better digital education and training are the key to success,” said President hill. The industry offers very good salaries. With better pay, alone, to keep the skilled workers in the country, not fix the Problem.

The strongest is expected to grow by 2019, the forecast of the information technology. Here is a Plus of 2.5 per cent to 92.2 billion euros is expected. The Software Segment is expected to grow by 6.3 percent to 26 billion euros, the Hardware business is likely to develop with a Minus of 0.7 percent to 25.4 billion euros, slightly down. The market for IT services to the welfare of 2.3 percent to 40.8 billion euros. The consumer electronics however, for the second year in a row in the red and shrinks in 2019 by an estimated 5 percent to 9 billion euros.