Sector description

IT industry

Sector description

Approximately 50 per cent of the IT companies in Hamburg provide IT services, with a further 30 per cent or so being involved in software development. In addition, Hamburg is made an IT industry hub by a great many freelancers and IT experts who work in the IT departments of companies in other sectors.
Across the board of the industry’s various segments, Hamburg serves as a business location for or is home to the German headquarters or a key office of a number of well-known IT companies. Hamburg is also shaped as an IT hub by a large number of SMEs. Hamburg’s image as a dynamic centre of IT is rounded off by a strong start-up sector, an above-average proportion of companies that are still going strong in the medium term compared with other sectors and a high degree of satisfaction with the parameters offered here.

Economic data

Key figures of the IT industry Data
Number of companies
8.604
- Telecommunication
360
-  Production of  data processing and telecommunication equipment
68
- IT-Services and Consulting
3.917
- Softwaredevelopment and –design
2.912
- Data processing service and Webhosting
1.318
- Publishing of Software and Games
29
Employees subject to social insurance contributions 49.094
Gross Value Added
4,33 Mrd €
Part of Hamburg on Gross Value Added*
4,9 %
Size group of the companies
- 1-3 employees
7.675
- 4-9 employees
323
- 10-19 employees
143
- 20-49 employees
200
- 50-99 employees
56
- 100-199 employees
32
- 200-499 employees
28
> 500 employees
7
Industry Indicators
Average Marketingbudget*
4,3% of total revenue
New articles of apprenticeship (2014)
504
IT-Students  (WS 2013/14)
4118

Current climate in the IT and media industry      

The calculated business climate indicator for the Hamburg economy and the respective sectors results from the assessments of the current situation and future development. The resulting values ​​are between 0 and 200 index points.