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UK Software Development Industry

Discover the UK’s Software Development industry and the companies responsible for the design, creation and maintenance of computer programs. Access real-time market insights and stats, and download our free snapshot report.

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What is Software Development?

Software development companies are responsible for designing, creating and maintaining computer programs.

Software development involves crafting sets of instructions or programs that enable computers to perform specific tasks or functions. This includes various types of software such as system software, programming languages and tools, applications (such as web or mobile apps), and embedded software used in devices like appliances or vehicles.

The software development industry in the UK is extensive and diverse, encompassing a broad range of specialties. This includes cloud computing, API development, DevOps, security engineering, website development and many other areas. This industry continuously evolves with the emergence of new technologies and methodologies.

Software Development sector summary

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Here are the key facts about the Software Development sector. The sector has a turnover of £17.0bn currently, has received £9.7bn of investment and the sector is growing at 13.6% per year.


Software Development verticals

Our industry data goes deep. See the top verticals and specialisms making waves in the UK Software Development industry today.

Our Software Development RTIC is made up of 10 individual verticals. The top verticals in this sector include Security Engineering, and Cloud Computing. You can find out more about the verticals by downloading our RTIC report, or by signing up for a free trial of The Data City platform.

  • Sector Code Description Records
  • RTIC0079 Software Development 6696 companies

    Companies involved in creating, designing, and maintaining computer programs.

    • Software Development: API Development and Integration

      Companies involved in the development of Application programming interface.

      623 companies
    • Software Development: Cloud Computing

      Companies involved in cloud-based software development

      1059 companies
    • Software Development: Desktop

      Companies involved in the development of applications that work on laptop and desktop devices.

      418 companies
    • Software Development: DevOps

      Companies specialising in DevOps Consulting.

      581 companies
    • Software Development: Embedded Software

      Companies involved in the software development of embedded systems.

      482 companies
    • Software Development: Games Development

      Companies involved in the development of video gaming applications.

      667 companies
    • Software Development: Mobile Development

      Companies involved in the development of applications for smartphone devices.

      872 companies
    • Software Development: Security Engineering

      Companies involved in security system development / Cyber security process development.

      2232 companies
    • Software Development: UI/UX Development

      Companies involved in developing UI/UX design.

      492 companies
    • Software Development: Web Development

      Companies involved in the development of browser-based applications.

      949 companies

Software Development industry growth

Based on a growth rate of 13.6%, we expect that this sector could be worth £20.0bn by 2024. Below you can see our forecast of the growth of the sector.

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