Customer experience, e-commerce, dematerialization, infrastructure upgrades, data collection, 5G, or even security are all topics CIOs are on the lookout for during the post-COVID recovery.
According to a Numeum report published this Friday, 2022 is generally a good year for digital companies in France, marked by an increase in demand to complete projects sometimes stopped during the pandemic or to launch new ones.
The professional body expects +7.4% year-on-year growth in the digital sector, up slightly from December last year’s forecast of +7.1%. “After the Covid crisis, 2022 is all about a very strong digital recovery,” Noumeum says.
A sector that weighs 60.8 billion euros
The digital market of France this year weighs 60.8 billion euros. If digital services companies (ESN) monopolize half of the market value (31.9 billion euros of turnover) against 35.5% and 21.6 billion euros for software and cloud platform publishers, then it is this second category that shows the highest growth rates (+ 11.3%. .
Increasing IT budgets partly explain this dynamic. According to a survey conducted by PAC, Group Teknowlogy, for Numeum, 51% of CIOs are reporting 2022 budget increases, higher than forecasts. On the other hand, 39% of CIOs report a relatively stable budget and 11% report budget cuts (up to -10%).
However, Numeum notes that the digital sector is still “largely driven by its traditional leverage.” Thus, cloud computing, big data, cybersecurity, the Internet of things and digital transformation are at the top of the list of priorities for CIOs. For example, they focus their efforts on security, improving the customer experience, and data analytics.
Many positions are not filled
It should be noted that the digital sector continues to create jobs for the 12th year in a row. Last year, 34,000 paid jobs were created out of a total of 572,126 people.
In 2022, 75% of digital companies are even claiming to restart recruiting. On the other hand, many vacancies are not filled: 79% of companies in the industry admit that they are having difficulty recruiting talent.
For Godefroy de Benzmann and Pierre-Marie Lehuchet, co-presidents of Numeum, “learning and sector attractiveness must be a priority in order to counter the lack of technical skills and meet the challenges of innovation in the sector’s professions.”