With the advance in technology, the demand for IT related products and services has been growing. To cope with the demand, the IT industry has experienced a lot of changes in recent years, both in terms of technology and manpower structure.
According to the data provided by the Census and Statistics Department, the job category of IT/software development ranked top amid the demand for IT manpower in Hong Kong. Among the 73,378 IT employees in 2010, 35.9% of them were in IT/software development; 21.7% in operation services; and 10.9% in field support. On the other hand, the fastest growing job categories were IT education and training (registering a remarkable increase of 106.9% between 2004 and 2010) and operation services (increase of 85.3% between 2004 and 2010). Breakdown of the IT manpower structure in 2010 is shown below:
|Job category||No. of employees||Percentage shares in the total no. of IT employees|
|Telecommunications & networking||5,948||8.1%|
|IT sales & marketing||5,741||7.8%|
|IT education & training||5,161||7.0%|
|General IT management||1,242||1.7%|