This is an archived release.
Decline in ICT manufacturing in 2008
Turnover, employment and value added within the ICT manufacturing industry declined from 2007 to 2008. However, the information sector as a whole grew in this period.
Turnover within the information sector increased by more than 6 per cent from 2007 to 2008, ending at NOK 241 billion. 100 000 employees added value for almost NOK 91 billion in 2008. Turnover within ICT manufacturing industry fell by almost NOK 1.1 billion from 2007, ending at NOK 11.2 billion in 2008. At the same time, employment and value added fell by 4.4 and 17.4 per cent respectively.
The information sector consists of the ICT sector and the content and media sector. The ICT sector is by far the larger of the two, consisting of ICT manufacturing industry, wholesale of information and communication equipment and ICT services industries. The relative growth in turnover and value added was largest within wholesale of information and communication equipment, up 10.9 and 12.8 per cent respectively. Nevertheless, ICT services was larger, with its 58 000 employees and a turnover of NOK 136 billion in 2008.
Growth in radio and TV
Within the content and media sector, programming and broadcasting activities had the highest growth; turnover increased by NOK 800 million or 9.4 per cent from 2007 to 2008, ending at NOK 9.3 billion. Employment however, remained stable at 5 900 persons, while value added rose by more than 11 per cent to just over NOK 4.3 billion.
Comparability between 2007 and 2008
Many enterprises within the industry division Information and communication (J), which constitutes the larger part of the information sector, operate within different industries. The enterprise is placed in the division in which it has its main activity. If an enterprise changes its activity it may also have to move to a different industry. This is more common within industry division J than in most other industries. The result is that figures in one year may not necessarily be directly comparable to subsequent years. At the same time, the transition to SIC2007 has revealed some incorrectly classified enterprises, resulting in more frequent changes of industry than usual between 2007 and 2008.