IT Manpower in Hong Kong

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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 categoryNo. of employeesPercentage shares in the total no. of IT employees
IT/Software development 26,340 35.9%
Operation services 15,950 21.7%
Field support 7,970 10.9%
Telecommunications & networking 5,948 8.1%
IT sales & marketing 5,741 7.8%
IT education & training 5,161 7.0%
Systems programming 3,764 5.1%
General IT management 1,242 1.7%
Database 753 1.0%
IT security 509