Almost 30,000 app economy jobs in Switzerland

Author: Stefan Kyora

27.01.2016 17:12

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In a new report, the Progressive Policy Institute estimates that the European Union, plus Switzerland and Norway, has a surprising 1.64 million App Economy jobs. European companies and workers have been able to take advantage of the global App Economy boom in a very positive way.

The app economy shows how innovation can create jobs globally. The App Store was the rare case of an innovation with a clear starting point. Before Apple opened the App Store in July 2008,  there was no such thing as an App Economy job. No employer was posting want ads looking for iOS or Android developers; no one was talking about the shortage of mobile app coders. Since then the job growth is impressive. What’s more, the explosion of App Economy jobs came during the deepest recession in more than 75 years.

In total 1.6 million jobs were created in the EU countries plus Switzerland and Norway. In Switzerland there are 28’500 app economy jobs today. This result is gratifying, however regarding jobs per capita Switzerland shows only an average score. Nordic countries and The Netherlands perform clearly better

App Economy Jobs by Country, January 2016

 Country

App Economy jobs, thousands

Jobs per thousand inhabitants

United Kingdom

321.2

5

Germany

267.9

3.3

France

228.9

2.5

Netherlands

125.2

7.5

Italy

97.5

1.6

Poland

84.3

2.2

Spain

78.2

1.7

Sweden

67.1

7.1

Finland

47.4

8.8

Norway

41.6

8.3

Denmark

33.4

6

Switzerland

28.5

3.5

Portugal

27.4

2.6

Belgium

23.2

2.1

Ireland

13.2

2.9

Austria

11.9

1.4

   

 

European Union

1572

3

30-country total

1642

3.1

 

Additional information about the report and its methodology can be found on the website of the Progressive Policy Institute.

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