Added value digital economy is € 182 billion

The Dutch economy has 1.5 million employees for whom ICT is indispensable in their daily work. This digital workforce created € 182 billion in value added in 2016, around 30% of total GDP. This is evident from a research into the digital economy that research agency The METISfiles has carried out on behalf of the Netherlands ICT.

The Dutch economy has 1.5 million employees for whom ICT is indispensable in their daily work. This digital workforce created € 182 billion in value added in 2016, around 30% of total GDP. This is evident from a research into the digital economy that research agency The METISfiles has carried out on behalf of the Netherlands ICT.

The research charts the influence of ICT on the Dutch economy and specific sectors. The digital economy is defined as that part of the economy whose added value is realized through the use of ICT.

"That makes it possible for the first time to map the effect of the digital transformation, " says Lotte de Bruijn, director of the Netherlands ICT. "This way we can better see where digital technology already adds a lot of value and where there is still a lot of potential."

The research shows that the digital potential of the economy is currently realized at 42%. In the coming years this will increase to 53%. There is still a lot of digital potential, especially in healthcare, business services and in trade.

The researchers also looked at indirect and derived effects of ICT on the economy. This adds up to a 'digital footprint' of 3.1 million jobs and € 338 billion in added value. "The fact that the digitally added value has grown by 40% in the past three years shows how fast ICT and 'digital' are implanting in the Dutch economy. In 2021 more than half of the digital potential will be realized. "Says Marcel Warmerdam, analyst of The METISfiles.

For the Netherlands ICT, research is the first step in a series of publications to further map the digital economy.

Main conclusions:
The size of the digital workforce is 1.5 million, which is 21% of the total labor force.
The digital added value generated by this part of the labor force in 2016 was over € 180 billion.
In 2013 this was estimated at € 130 billion. Over the past three years, the digitally added value has therefore increased by 40%.
The total digital employment potential is estimated at 3.7 million. Of this, more than 42% was realized in 2016. In 2021 this is estimated to be 53%.
It is likely that under the influence of new technologies such as Internet of Things, machine learning, blockchain and AR / VR, the total digital potential will increase further.
Definitions:
Digital economy: that part of the economy whose added value is realized through the use of ICT.
Digital workforce: that part of the labor force that is dependent for more than 50% on ICT for the execution of their profession.
Digital intensity: the proportion of the digital workforce in the total labor force.
Digitally added value: the value added by the digital workforce.
Digital footprint: the total (direct + indirect + derived) contribution of the digital workforce to employment and GDP.
Digital potential: the potential maximum share of the digital population in the total workforce.