The UK Digital Technology Census 2019

In early 2019 The Data City reached a key milestone; successfully classifying over 1 million UK organisations into their relevant industries! Partly to celebrate this moment in our start-up journey but also because we felt it was important to understand the true size of our Digital Technology sectors, we decided to publish the UK’s first Digital Technology Census. Using this methodology we have been able to measure the UK Digital Technology industries more thoroughly than ever before with some important findings. The full report can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Key findings

London clearly leads the UK digital technology rankings for events and organisations with Manchester (2nd) and Reading (3rd). London and Manchester are leading the way on newer / emerging sectors that are driving the new global technology economies of the 21st Century.

This analysis shows the digital technology industries are over 25% larger than previously thought.

Explore the data

A number of online tools were created to analyse and organise the top level data and these are free to use currently. If you would like to play, you can find them in the following locations:

  1. Organisations explorer – organisations, cities and sectors.
  2. Interactive Ranking Report –  used to calculate the overall ranking of a city by combining events data with organisations data.

About the report

At the core of this report is our Database of UK organisations classified using our Machine Learning based process into our RTIC (Real-Time Industrial Classification) Codes. We have focussed on the use of two of our core data sets for this Census:

Data set 1 – RTIC codes (Real Time Industrial Classification)

  • 4.06 million active UK companies
  • 1.3m companies matched to at least one website
  • Over 3.4m web pages analysed

Data set 2 – Events Classification

  • Over 400,000 events classified in real time

Our objective is to enable a better understanding of the UK economy through ever improving measurement rather than modelling, leading to better policy and investment decision making and impact assessment. Looking forward we are constantly working to increase the number of organisations we are able to classify using our RTIC codes, whilst adding new datasets and The DataCity will be applying two new data assets in the next 12 months;

  • Global Academic Innovation Data Asset, Q4 2019
  • UK Funding & Investment Data Asset, Q2 2020

We hope that you find this report useful and welcome feedback, questions and of course new data! We will be looking to publish this yearly to track the evolution of our industries and in future will be adding other countries to enable international comparisons.

Download the UK Digital Technology Census 2019