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ICT is a driving force for Zurich’s economy
These days, it is very hard to imagine an industrial sector without information and communications technology. ICT is increasingly becoming a strategic factor for business success. The following sub-segments are attributed to the ICT cluster:
- ICT hardware
- ICT trade and distribution
- IT services
According to the statistics on enterprise structure (STATENT 2011 p.), in 2011, there were approximately 49 200 people employed in 4900 ICT companies in the Canton of Zurich. The total for Switzerland was approximately 162 000 in 19 600 companies. The gross added value in the Canton of Zurich amounted to apporoximately ten billion Swiss francs, and to thirty billion Swiss francs throughout Switzerland. ICT specialists are not only employed within their specialised fielld, but also by companies that, statistically speaking, are attributed to other sectors, including in the financial and insurance sectors as well as in industry and commerce.
Cluster activities ICT
Given the density of industrial and professional associations in Zurich, the Business and Economic Development Division focuses primarily on the following activities:
- Provision of data and information material, for instance, via the ict-agenda.ch
- Contributions to networking platforms
- Supporting measures for the advancement of young people
- Collaboration in professional and working groups
- Hub for companies wishing to relocate to Zurich and other projects
Advancement of young people
The demand for qualified ICT specialists is considerable and is set to increase in the future. That is why it is important to make young people, but also employees interested in a career change, aware of the career and training opportunities in the field of ICT.
The following projects/partners promote the advancement of young people:
Well-known ICT companies
Inter alia, the following ICT companies and facilities either have their roots in the Zurich area or conduct business here: Avaloq, Adnovum, Cinergy, Crealogix, Doodle, Ergon Informatik, IBM Research Laboratory Rüschlikon, Google Research, Namics, Netcetera, Noser Group, Zühlke. Additional companies and facilities are listed in the booklet Cluster Report 2011-2013: Facts, Figures and Players.