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ICT Key to Dutch economic growth

ICT has had a positive effect on the Dutch economy between 2000 and December 2010, according to recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands.

Companies in sectors where ICT is used intensively became more productive. In that period, the number of employees increased in firms where labour productivity increased significantly while employee numbers fell in less productive firms.

The positive shift of workers to highly productive firms increases the productivity of the entire sector.

ICT-intensive sectors are more competitive and innovative than less ICT-intensive sectors. These factors potentially have a positive impact on a sector’s efficiency, because highly performing firms can grow compared to companies that perform less well.