Research from analyst firm IDC indicates that spending on public and private
cloud will create nearly 14 million jobs worldwide, over 200,000 of which within
the UK. This research illustrates a global extension of a similar report that
the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) published in 2010. This
study predicted the generation of 289,000 jobs within the UK by 2015. IDC’s
research further predicts revenues of $1.1 trillion a year as a direct result of
According to IDC an approximately equal number of jobs will accrue to large
and small business, even though small businesses make up the majority of
employment. These jobs will be generated in the communications, banking and
manufacturing industries, IDC predicted. The majority of jobs will be created in
emerging markets, in particular China and India, where the size of the workforce
and growth potential is greater.
“We tend to think of China and India as emerging markets, but they’re
actually early adopters of the cloud,” says John Gantz, SVP at IDC. “They’re not
bound to existing systems. They’ve skipped that step, so there’s less holding
Nearly 1.2 million new cloud-computing related jobs will be generated in the
U.S. and Canada, a market which currently accounts for 62 percent of worldwide
spending in public IT cloud services, according to the IDC study.
IDC research also predicts smaller companies adopting cloud services at a
faster rate than larger companies because budget constraints make the cost
effective solution very attractive and SMEs have fewer legacy systems to deal
with. “Enterprises that embrace cloud computing reduce the amount of IT time and
budget devoted to legacy systems and routine upgrades, which then increases the
time and budget they have for more innovative project,” Gantz says.