Digital services now account for £1 in every £10 produced in Britain
Digital services are 10% of the economy? Larger than the entire financial sector? The same size as the NHS?
No, that doesn\’t quite taste right.
I have a feeling that the number being used there isn\’t \”the digital economy\” but that part of the economy that utilises digital services. If you order something from Amazon then there\’s that slightly thorny problem of how much of that gets described as digital.
All of it, which is I suspect how they got to that 10% number? Or should we value the book as being part of bookselling, the transport of it to you as part of the transport sector and only the method of your ordering, over the internet, as part of the digital economy?
Think of it using an earlier technology. If, 30 years ago, I had used a 10p telephone call to order £100 worth of coal, does telecoms get credited with the 10p or the £100?
To say that 10% of the economy is facilitated by digital services is very different from saying that digital services are 10% of the economy.