Positive developments: The industry expands thanks to the rapid rise of technology

The Software Development industry consists of businesses that write, modify and test systems and applications software, databases and web pages. The industry has made considerable progress over the past decade as businesses and individuals have become reliant on electronic devices in many areas of their lives. Online access to news, social media, video and other websites, in addition to automated client-relationship software and advertising software applications, are now an integral part of modern culture. Consistent developments in technology have helped the industry grow solidly over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 10.1% over the five years through 2018-19. The industry is forecast to expand by 6.7%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£31.5bn
Annual Growth 14-19
10.1%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
198,089
Businesses
22,817
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Consistent developments in technology have supported strong industry revenue growth
  • New opportunities have encouraged niche firms to enter the industry over the past five years
  • The continued adoption of cloud computing is likely to present growth and innovation opportunities
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Software Development industry is highly labour intensive. Businesses in the industry are expected to operate with a capital-to-labour ratio of 1:10.87 in 2018-19, meaning that for every £1.00 spent on capital, operators are expected to spend £10.87 on wages. Labour intensity has fallen over the period as firms have increased their capital investment. For the most part, however, capital equipment costs in the industry are relatively low, with minimal equipment required to perform designated tasks. Wage costs are more volatile and have been falling as a percentage of revenue over the past decade. Nevertheless, strong applicants with exceptional skills and significant experience in the field are highly sought after and attract substantially good salaries...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Software Development Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Software Development Industry are

  • Development of new products
  • Ready access to investment funding
  • Highly trained workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as IT and telecommunications adoption and Demand from computer consultants in the Software Development industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Software Development Industry?

    Operators in this industry design and write computer code to implement systems software, applications, databases and web pages. The industry includes companies that write, modify and test software. It does not include the design of systems that use hardware and software, or the installation or publishing of software.

    Industry Products
  • Maintenance and support
  • Application software
  • Systems software
  • Custom software
  • Leisure and entertainment software
  • Industry Activities
  • Systems software development
  • Application development
  • Database development
  • Testing and debugging
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Demand from computer consultants
  • Demand from banks
  • Demand from software publishing
  • Demand from computer game publishing

  • Current Performance
  • Denting demand
  • Software as a service
  • Supporting developers
  • Profit trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry consolidation
  • Major innovations
  • Pull the plug
  • Table: Software Development Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Software Development Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  • Software Publishing
  • Computer Consultants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Gaming Product Retailers
  • Market Research & Public Opinion Polling

  • Products & Services
  • Application software
  • Custom software
  • Systems software
  • Maintenance and support
  • Leisure and entertainment software
  • Other
  • Chart: Software Development Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Other industries
  • Retailers and wholesalers
  • Information and technology firms
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Banking and finance industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Software Development Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent, utilities, depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Software Development

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition.

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Software Development Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Oracle Corporation,
  • Table: Oracle Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Software Development Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Software Development Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cloud Computing
  • Using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet, rather than a local server, to store, manage and process data.
  • Debugging
  • When a programmer looks through existing code in an effort to recognise flaws in a program.
  • Fintech
  • Computer programs and other technology used to support or enable banking and financial services.
  • Internet Of Things
  • A proposed network of everyday objects that are connected using wireless connections, sensors and software to transmit data.
  • Middleware
  • Back-end software that links at least two systems together.
  • Programming Language
  • A language used by programmers to develop applications, scripts or other sets of instructions for computers to execute, such as JavaScript.
  • Saas
  • Software as a Service. A software licensing model through which software is centrally hosted and accessed on a subscription basis.
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