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Services in 2016: information technology sector employed 715,000 people

In 2016, roughly 715,000 people worked in the 87,500 businesses in Germany whose main activity was in the field of information technology. The number of people working in that branch rose by approximately 27,500 (+4%) year-on-year, while the number of enterprises was up by just under 2,200 (+2.6%).

The people working in the field of information technology accounted for 57.7% of all those employed in information and communication, which includes telecommunications, publishing activities, services related to motion picture, music and broadcasting, and information service activities (such as data processing services). With total turnover amounting to approximately 123.7 billion euros (46.6%), the information technology branch also recorded the highest turnover in the sphere of information and communication.

Personnel costs in the field of information technology totalled about 42.5 billion euros in 2016. Material costs amounted to roughly 64.7 billion euros. Expenditure as a proportion of total turnover was 86.7%. Gross fixed capital formation of businesses whose main activity focused on information technology amounted to just under 6 billion euros. This means that about five euros were invested per 100 euros of total turnover.

For more data of the structural survey in the service sector please refer to the following tables. Detailed results are published in Fachserie 9 (available only in German).

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Key figures

Key figures, 2016
Eco­nomic sectorsPersons em­ployed
Transpor­tation and storage2.3315.1
Infor­mation and commu­nica­tion1.2265.6
Profes­sional, scientific and technical activi­ties2.7313.7
Ad­minis­trative and support service activi­ties3.5210.4

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