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Technology, digital and media

An image of code depicting the technology sector

In 2018, technology, digital and media made up:

  • 9.8% of Scotland’s international exports (£3,300 million)
  • 6.5 % of Scotland’s UK exports (£3,310 million

Technology, digital and media covers:

  • the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
  • computer programming and consultancy
  • information technology (IT) and telecommunications
  • media

How Scotland’s technology, digital and media exports have changed since 2002

Graph showing how Scotland’s technology, digital and media exports to the rest of the UK and internationally changed between 2002 and 2018.

Between 2002 and 2018 Scotland’s technology, digital and media exports:

  • decreased internationally from £5.9 billion to £3.3 billion
  • increased to the rest of the UK from £2.3 billion to £3.3 billion

International exports in this sector decreased between 2002 and 2007. This was due to a decline in Scotland’s electronics manufacturing industry.

Where we can sell more

A Trading Nation used evidence to work out where Scotland could sell the most in future.

This evidence shows where:

  • there’s a large or growing demand for imports
  • Scotland’s exporting less than other, similar countries

The similar countries are Finland, Norway, Denmark and Ireland.

Countries where there’s a large or growing demand for digital, technology and media imports

Where Scotland’s currently exporting less than similar countries

What we're going to do

To help technology, digital and media exports, we’ll:

  • work with industry bodies and the enterprise agencies to create market development plans for selected sub-sectors and countries
  • improve access to high quality graduates and technical talent
  • make sure businesses can still get skilled overseas employees (post-EU exit)
  • help businesses to get finance for export growth plans
  • find GlobalScots or Trade Envoys who can help businesses with advice, support or introductions

You can find more information on Scotland’s technology, digital and media sector in A Trading Nation.

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