The 2011 Information and Communications Technology [ICT] report was released today [Oct 29] by the Department of Statistics.
The report indicated that in 2011 growth in the ICT sector declined 5.7% to $239 million, ICT-related jobs declined 3.6% to 914, imports of ICT goods and services dropped to $127.9 million, and exports of ICT services fell to $79.9 million.
The decrease in jobs was attributed mostly to a decline in the number of telecommunications engineers and telephone installers/repairers. Total ICT-related jobs represented 2.4% of overall employment.
The report said: “The restructuring and the re-domicile of businesses contributed to the loss of ICT-related jobs. In 2011, approximately 29% of all companies outsourced their ICT needs to other companies, 75% of which were local companies. This helped to slow the loss of local computing professional jobs as 15 more persons were employed in this field of work compared to 2010.”
As far as e-commerce, the report showed that 51% of all businesses have a web presence, however most did not utilise this web presence for e-commerce. Although the number of companies trading goods via the internet increased in 2011, only 28% of these companies used the internet to place orders for goods and services and 7% received orders over the internet. Most businesses used the internet for sending and receiving e-mails, with internet banking and accessing information among the more frequent internet activities.
The full report is below [PDF here]
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