How Tech Workers Can Unlock the UK’s Prosperity


The tech industry is a major contributor to the UK’s economy, employing millions of people and generating billions of pounds in revenue. As such, it is crucial that the UK invests in developing this sector and that tech workers are provided with the support and security they need to do their jobs properly. This article will explore how the tech industry contributes to the UK’s economy and how tech workers can join a union to protect their rights.

How the Tech Industry Contributes to the UK’s Economy

The UK tech sector is a major contributor to the UK’s economy, accounting for 2.6% of the country’s GDP. It also employs more than 2.1 million people. The tech sector generated an estimated £184 billion in revenue in 2019. This is expected to reach £221 billion by 2024. The tech industry also has a strong presence in the UK’s exports, with the UK exporting £32 billion in tech products and services to the rest of the world in 2018.

The tech industry is also a major employer in the UK, accounting for over 6.3% of the country’s total employment. The sector employs a diverse range of people, from software engineers and web developers to data scientists and cybersecurity experts.

tech workers can join a union

The Development of Tech Jobs in the UK

The UK’s tech industry has seen significant growth in recent years, driven by the rise of the digital economy. This growth has been facilitated by a number of government initiatives.  These include the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which has invested over £800 million in digital infrastructure projects. The fund is supported by the UK Digital Strategy, which aims to create a world-leading digital economy by 2025.

At the same time, technology has underwritten new job roles, such as data scientists and Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineers.

Future Tech Jobs Growth Areas

A number of tech jobs will emerge over the next few years. These include blockchain developers, artificial intelligence engineers, and augmented reality developers. The rise of autonomous vehicles and the emergence of the internet of things (IoT) will also create new opportunities.

The UK government has also announced a number of initiatives to support the development of the tech sector, such as the National Cyber Security Centre, which has invested £1.9 billion in cybersecurity and the Digital Skills Partnership, which aims to provide 1.3 million people with digital skills training in areas such as AI and data science.

The Role of Tech Jobs in Improving Health Outcomes

The tech sector has a key role to play in improving health outcomes in the UK. For example, the use of data analytics and machine learning can help to improve the efficiency of healthcare services and reduce the burden on healthcare providers.

Digital health technologies, such as wearable devices, can also help to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare. For example, wearable devices can monitor a patient’s vital signs and alert healthcare providers if they become abnormal.

The development of telemedicine and remote monitoring technologies can also help to reduce the need for face-to-face appointments and reduce the burden on healthcare providers. These technologies enable patients to receive treatment without having to visit a hospital or clinic.

union for technology workers

The Role of Tech Jobs in Protecting the Environment

The tech sector has a key role to play in protecting the environment. For example, the development of solar panels and electric vehicles, can help to reduce emissions and combat climate change.

Moreover, the development of data analytics and machine learning will help to improve  energy efficiency. Finally, the domestic sector will benefit from improvements to smart thermostats and smart lighting systems.

Challenges Facing the Tech Sector

Despite the growth of the tech sector, there are still a number of challenges facing the industry.

The lack of digital skills among the UK’s workforce is also a major issue. A recent report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills found that only 27% of people in the UK have the digital skills required for the jobs of the future.

The lack of investment in the tech sector is also a major issue. This has led to a shortage of talent, with tech companies finding it difficult to recruit.

Benefits of Joining a Union

There are a number of benefits to joining a union for tech workers. These may include access to legal advice, support and advice on pay and employment terms and conditions.

Unions can also provide a platform for tech workers to voice their concerns. This can help to ensure that tech workers are treated fairly and that their rights are respected.


The tech industry is a major contributor to the UK’s economy. It is therefore important that tech workers are provided with the support they need to do their jobs properly.

The Workers Union - Join Union

I want to join

Join us today – it’s easy!

You’re just a few clicks away from investing in a better future for working people

The Workers Union - member-icon

I’m a member

All the support and advice you need

Log in to your account. Full access to your resources, contacts, personal dashboard, and instant advice.

Tech Jobs

Skip to content