Faster broadband could create 15,000 Scottish jobs

It is expected that the boosting of broadband Internet in Scotland could create around 15,000 jobs, at least according to recent figures that have been published by the Scottish government. A new report has been released which shows that increasing people’s access to high-speed Internet could create a significant number of jobs in the country.

It is estimated that 800 jobs would be created every year for a period of five years as faster Internet is rolled out. Additionally, over a 15 year period there would be 70 jobs created. The report read, “It is expected that 14,000 indirect jobs would be created because of the installation of high-speed Internet. Additionally, many more would be created over a 15 year period as maintenance and other such services are required for the Internet.”

It is expected that many of the jobs would be in social media, tourism, e-commerce or cyber security. Nicola Sturgeon, the deputy first minister in Scotland has commented, “What is absolutely clear is that the opportunities from this are massive. Not only will it create 800 jobs immediately during the construction of the infrastructure, but these jobs will be created every year. Furthermore, it is fully expected that a great deal of indirect jobs would be created because of this expansion.”

This is not the first time that the Scottish government has announced ambitions about the increase of high-speed Internet in the country, and they previously stated that they want to see everyone in Scotland have access to high-speed broadband by 2020. Sturgeon continued, “High-quality jobs are going to be created in many important digital sectors. Not only is it going to create new jobs, but it is also going to transform existing businesses. We are committed to making sure that Scotland can benefit from all of the advantages of high-speed Internet access.”