The Dutch software sector, comprising some 16,000 companies, contributes approximately 3% to the Dutch economy (GNP). The sector is not only an important driver of activity, growth and jobs within the software sector itself, but also a driver of innovation and productivity improvement in other sectors (e.g. healthcare, government and logistics).
In addition, as software is increasingly cloud-based and delivered via subscription services (Software as a Service: SaaS), solutions can be more easily scaled and sold internationally.
The IT sector, and the software industry within it, proved to be robust during last year’s corona crisis: in 2020 the sector showed an overall growth of 1% to 2% (ING, Rabobank, S&P) and this year (2021) we see forecasts of 3.5-4%. Effects therein: