Digital Talent Overview 2021
We analyze the state of digital talent


Catalonia cements its position as a hub of tech talent, both in terms of the number of jobs, salaries and graduates. The ICT sector generated 14,700 jobs in 2020, taking us to 129,000 professionals in Catalonia. This represents an increase of 12.8% over the last quarter of 2019. This trend contrasts with the 3.1% drop in employment in the ICT sector seen in the Spanish economy.

The supply of talent has grown while the number of vacancies has fallen slightly due to the pandemic. The Barcelona ecosystem has generated 6,700 new professionals in 2020, representing a 9% annual increase in the total volume of digital talent. Job offers in this sector stand at over 4,000 positions quarterly, a figure similar to 2018, but 15% lower than 2019. This fall is well below the overall average number of job offers, which fell by 43% compared to the previous year.

As for the gender gap in the digital sector in Barcelona, 29% of those working in the sector are women, a figure that is up 2.5 points as compared to 2019. In addition, digital talent in Barcelona is specialized in the areas of web development and mobile applications, UX/UI design and CRM and ERP consultants. These four specialities account for more than 61,000 professionals, 73% of the city's tech talent.
“Barcelona is becoming one of southern Europe’s leading hubs for the digital economy. This includes various opportunities to attract and train digital talent, especially for those fields and professions where hybrid profiles are needed. These profiles involve in-depth knowledge of a field of the economy but also experience in digital business, with agile methodologies, knowledge of data analytics and digital business models.”
Stefano de Liguoro, Head of Digital Business, Zurich Seguros
Market stress: supply and demand, 2019 - 2020
Digital Talent Overview 2021