UK shines when it comes to IT competitiveness

A study issued by the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals that the UK ranks sixth in IT competitiveness.


In the wake of economic turmoil, the UK ranks sixth in the world in IT competitiveness, according to study released by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

The study, now in its third year, surveys the IT industry environments of 66 economies to discover the extent to which they enable IT sector competitiveness. The UK scored a 70.2 out of a possible 100 in the index, a figure that pushed the country down three places from 2008.

The BSA was unavailable for comment on the reasons behind the decline. However, the UK surpasses other European countries in the human capital category, which measures the supply of IT talent and support for industry development. The UK education system also received high scores on its capacity to train technology professionals with essential business, language, and IT skills.

The BSA stressed the importance of supporting a country's technology industry by way of stimulus plans and policies.

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"In today's economic climate, supporting a strong technology sector is more important than ever," said Francisco Mingorance, senior director of public policy for BSA, in a statement. "Governments are realising that technology can play a pivotal role in driving the economic recovery and generating long-term growth."

The top five countries in the world are: US (78.9), Finland (73.6), Sweden (71.5), Canada (71.3), and the Netherlands (70.7).

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