Not quite off topic...
pwt at iosis.co.uk
Mon Jun 10 16:09:02 BST 2013
Circulated by BCS on behalf of IAAC:
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is proposing some
changes to classifications of official statistics which could be of
significant detriment to the Tech Sector and wider economic growth. They
are proposing re-classifying 39% of IT & Telecoms occupations and 57% of
the IT & Telecoms industry as 'creative' alongside the following six
creative industry sectors: advertising and marketing; architecture;
design; film & TV; publishing; music and the arts.
There is concern that this fragmentation would mean that with regard to
official statistics and government policy, IT & Telecoms would not be
recognised as a coherent sector of strategic importance in its own
right. There is also concern in some quarters that it also fails to
recognise that all sectors of the economy, including engineering,
financial services, retail, health, have a strong and increasing
dependency on IT specialists.
A background paper is attached [was attached but I have stripped it off
- see  below] which provides more detail and provides a direct route
for response to the consultation (there are only three questions).
The consultation is open until 14th June 2013 and can be found at:
 You can obtain it from "Taylor, Judith" <judith.taylor at hq.bcs.org.uk>
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