IT and IT services sales climb to NT$453.4 billion

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Sales in the computer and information technology (IT) services sector hit a record high of NT$453.4 billion (US$15.7 billion) last year amid boom the number of people working from home and remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy ministry said. Affairs said last week.

Industry revenue last year rose 12.4% from a year earlier, according to data from the Statistics Department.

The growth was the highest since 2008, the data showed.

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With the growing demand for emerging technologies such as 5G applications, high-performance computing and Internet of Things devices, and cloud technology-based data processing services, many companies have been looking for more hardware and software to respond to cybersecurity concerns, the ministry said Tuesday.

Computer programming design, consulting and related services were the main drivers of sales growth for the sector, with revenues reaching a peak of NT$341.4 billion, up 11.8% from last year. year, as companies sought to build storage networks and improve their data protection, the ministry said. .

The ministry added that the IT services segment recorded revenue of NT$112 billion, also a record high, up 14.1 percent from a year earlier, largely due to intensive promotions. operators of online auction sites and social media platforms.

The number of workers in industry rose 3 percent from a year earlier to 119,000, overcoming an average decline of 0.1 percent across the service sector, the ministry said.

The average regular salary in the industry rose 3.5 percent to NT$69,000, also surpassing the service industry average of NT$45,000, he added.

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