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THE 2015 PREDICT REPORT: An Analysis of ICT R&D in the EU and Beyond

The PREDICT project was designed to help policy makers understand ICT sector dynamics and foster its growth. Since its inception in 2006, PREDICT reports and the accompanying databases have become a unique source of information on the ICT sector and on ICT R&D in the EU and its global competitors. The 2015 report offers a comprehensive and comparable view of the dynamics of value added, employment and R&D in ICT industries, detailed in up to 12 individual activities in 41 countries, from 2006 to 2012, relying on the latest available official statistics delivered by the Member States, Eurostat and the OECD. The Report highlights how the ICT sector's overall weight in the economy in the EU stayed stable at about 4% of GDP, but underwent an important shift in composition towards computer services, as it did in most advanced economies. Meanwhile, ICT sector employment passed from 5.8 to 6.2 million (2.7% of total employment). The report also acknowledges the ICT sector's key role in R&D: its share in total business expenditure in R&D (BERD) is about 16% in the EU, 31% in the USA and 52% in Korea.