The European Commission has just published its latest report on the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector and the investments in Research and Development (R&D) in ICT in the European Union. The data analysed in this report is based on the PREDICT (Prospective Insights in ICT R&D) project, which has been carried out jointly by Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and Joint Research Centre (JRC). Since 2013, JRC and Valencian Institute of Economic Research (Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas - Ivie) are responsible for collecting and analysing the data.
The PREDICT project aims to monitor and follow-up the ICT sector in Europe and other important world-wide actors, such as United States, Japan, China, India, Taiwan, South Korea and Brazil, among others. The data are structured according to seven categories: value added, employment, labour productivity, expenditure in R&D of the ICT firms (ICT BERD), R&D personnel and researchers, and estimates of public funding of ICT R&D (ICT GBAORD). The data have been produced following the OECD 2007 ICT sector classification, which includes twelve ICT manufacturing and services subsectors, as well as non-ICT sectors
The database generated through the PREDICT project currently covers the period 1995-2014 and is updated annually. The Ivie and JRC are responsible for collecting and analysing the data for a total of 40 countries. The information included in the database is highly relevant since it allows an international comparison of 28 EU Member States with other leading countries, as well as among the 28 Member States, for a set of key variables within the ICT sector, which is a driver of economic growth.