Capability Sector Analysis
The following outlines the main attributes of the
sector in Scotland.
- Good co-ordination of software sector in Scotland
through trade body ScotlandIS.
- Good co-ordination of academic assets through
research pool Scottish Informatics and Computer Science
- Good intelligence around market opportunities through
- Good industry links into policy through
sector is not parochial; much of its market is outside
- Scotland has multiple high capacity connectivity to
the main hub locations in London and on the continent for
onward connectivity. Capacity on these routes is not an
issue and technology developments means more and more
capacity can be delivered over the fibre routes which
already connect Scotland.
industry in Scotland is characterised as 'broad but with
no depth'; there are no complete supply-chains in
There is a widely reported shortage of software
engineers in Scotland per annum. For instance, e-skills
that, through to 2015 there is a need for 9,600 new
entrants a year into
Telecoms professional job roles in Scotland - the
majority of which (4,100/43%) are forecast to come from
people working in occupations other than
Telecoms with 1,800 (19%) coming from education.
- Scotland currently relies on two main routes south
international connectivity and there are areas where
routes converge to 'pinch points'. For a few
organisations with the very highest resilience demands,
an additional third route is often required and in these
circumstances, Scotland could be at a disadvantage.
- Scotland does not have a strong, wide or large
capability in the communications field.
- Reported high demand for every undergraduate software
place in Scotland; so skills shortage weakness could be
solvable with resources (although time lags would still
operate between intervention and full solution).
Near-term solutions could include re-skilling, especially
targeted at re-entry of those who have left the
Innovation Centres initiative seems to be providing focus
for community and possible hosting of various associated
support and exploitation mechanisms in specific areas
such as Data Analytics, Digital Health, Sensors and
- Niche market opportunities have been identified for
action; these opportunities are of the 'inevitable' type,
being susceptible for positive influence by public
investment and information campaigns rather than relying
on consumer confidence.
- Rapid and massive investment in digital
infrastructure and training by other countries.
- Skills scarcity raises cost-base and dilutes
international propositions which rely on a readily
available pool of talent.