Measuring activity in big data: new estimates of big data employment in the UK market sector

Measuring activity in big data: new estimates of big data employment in the UK market sector
Document type
Discussion paper
Author(s)
Chebli, Omar; Goodridge, Peter; Haskel, Jonathan
Publisher
Imperial College Business School
Date of publication
1 July 2015
Series
Discussion Paper 2015/04
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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Statements around the growth in data and associated analytical activity are widespread but metrics are rare. In the UK, exceptions to this include estimates of employment in the field of big data. This paper documents those studies and produces its own estimates using a new and novel dataset. It finds that in 2010, estimated ‘big data employment’ in the UK market sector was 190,000 and shows how this estimate relates to official measures of employment in other knowledge creation activities, such as own-account (in-house) production of software and also business performance of R&D.

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