The Industry in Numbers

In 2017, Germany’s internet economy recorded revenue of more than EUR 119 billion. There are more than 97,000 IT companies in Germany, employing more than 1.1 million IT professionals. This steady growth is allowing the German internet economy to establish itself as a major force in Europe’s strongest economy.

A significant feature of the German economy is the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These companies represent 99.95% of all German companies (around 3.67 million) and employ another 68% of the working population (29.1 million). These companies are best characterized by heavy investment and sustained technological and market innovation – features that have allowed them to become world leaders in a number of important industries and niche markets.

These SMEs also trained more than 1.2 million young adults (89% of all trainees). A strong commitment to investment and innovation has also allowed these businesses to perform well in the internet economy, leading to a high level of diversification and a vibrant digital ecosystem where dominant industry giants are few. This leads to an environment with few barriers to entry, allowing new and innovative start-ups – or “smart-ups” – the opportunity to enter this ever-growing industry.

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