33% of IT jobs are Microsoft-related

An IDC study commissioned by Microsoft reveals the impact of the software industry on European economies, The Register reports.

In 19 countries surveyed (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and the UK) nine million people are employed in the IT industry, generating $200 billion in tax revenue. Of these jobs, just over one third are Microsoft-related.

Software makes up only 19.6 per cent of total spending, but represents more than half of all jobs and tax revenue created. IDC estimates total spending in the region is $275 billion. By 2008 there will be 5.2 million software-related jobs in Western Europe.

In both Hungary and Turkey about 36,000 people are employed in Microsoft-related jobs. In the UK 535,000 people are employed in Microsoft-related jobs or 34 per cent of total IT jobs. In Germany 654,000 people have a Microsoft-related job.

France has the lowest percentage of Microsoft-related jobs with 31 per cent while Estonia and Russia top the league with 54 per cent and 55 per cent respectively.

IDC believes that over the next four years a further two million new jobs will be created and an extra $160 billion in tax revenues will be collected.

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