Background

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a key pillar of the Swiss economy.

Adding gross value of CHF 28 billion in 2014 the ICT sector is the country's sixth biggest industry. A total of 210,800 ICT professionals are employed in Switzerland, of whom around two thirds work in other sectors, primarily in banking and insurance, in retail and wholesale, in administration or in industry.

However, the fact is that the digital invasion of business and society is leading to increasing demand for skilled personnel and the ICT industry is facing a shortage as not enough young people are choosing to pursue this educational and career path and older professionals are nearing the end of their working life.

It is also the case that many people still have outdated ideas about eccentric ICT boffins.

Finally, Switzerland boasts a very active and innovative ICT scene and more and more intelligent people are setting up companies in the field of ICT.

The high (and growing) number of professional and specialist organisations offering an almost unimaginable range of events to facilitate technical discussions, the exchange of experiences and networking within and outside of the sector on a daily basis illustrates the vibrancy of Switzerland’s ICT industry and the versatility of the people behind it.

Using ict-agenda.ch, which is built on partnerships, you can get an idea of where the industry players meet and exchange their views. All interested parties can add entries to this platform free of charge and thus advertise their activities. An additional positive knock-on effect is that transparency with regard to the events being held means that overlaps in planning can be avoided.