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BITKOM study finds Hamburg is leading city for IT specialists

Federal Labour Office figures show Hamburg has highest number of computer specialists across Germany

In June 2015, 3.8 per cent of all employees subject to social security payments in Hamburg worked in IT professions. And the state of Hamburg leads all German states, the industry association BITKOM announced in late July. The figures are based on data by the German Federal Labour Office about all employees subject to social security payments on June 30, 2015.

Indicator of successfully implementing digital change

Hamburg was followed by the states of Hesse with 2.9 per cent, Baden-Württemberg with 2.8 per cent and Bavaria and Berlin with 2.7 per cent each. The states of Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt scored 0.9 per cent while Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had 0.8 per cent. Across Germany, IT specialists accounted for an average share of 2.2 per cent of all employees subject to social security payments

Dr. Bernhard Rohleder, Managing Director of BITKOM, said: “IT specialists are increasingly important for corporate success in every sector. Digital transformation is leading to changing business models. Digitalisation is becoming a core competence for companies – from the health sector to trade right up to the financial sector and industry. The share of IT specialists among all employees is also an indicator of the successful design of digital change.”

Around 687,000 employees in ITC professions across Germany

Commenting on Hamburg’s position in terms of digital change, May-Lena Signus, of nextMedia.Hamburg, said: “The IT expertise available here and the close interconnection of IT with other commercial sectors has propelled Hamburg’s companies into the leading position over the past years.”

According to the study, around 687,000 of employees subject to social security payments were in ITC professions. Of those, around 325,000 worked in IT companies while 362,000 worked in other sectors. The states of North Rhine Westphalia (141,000), Bavaria (140,000) and Baden-Württemberg (121,000) had the most employees subject to social security payments in IT professions.

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BITKOM is Germany’s digital association. Founded in 1999 as a merger of individual industry associations in Berlin, it represents over 2,300 companies in the digital economy including 1,000 SMEs, 300 start-ups and almost all global players. The members offer a range of software and IT, telecommunications and internet services, manufacture hardware and consumer electronics, operate in the digital media and internet industries and otherwise play a role in the digital economy. BITKOM has advocated for innovative economic policies, the modernisation of the educational system and future-oriented network policies. More information can be found on

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