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* IT sector in Sri Lanka sees 20 percent growth in employment
Thu, Apr 1, 2010, 07:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 01, Colombo: A recent survey of the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka reveals that 60,000 persons are employed in IT sector of the country.

One hundred state institutes, 350 private companies, 100 BPO companies, and 50 IT training institutes participated in this survey.

The majority of employment in the IT industry is in the private sector and the number of employees is 53,963. The number of IT employees in the state sector is 3019.

Results of the survey point to the fact that the employment in the IT sector has grown around 20% compared to 2009.

The gender ratio of the IT sector employment is 79% males and 21% females, the ICTA reports.

Sri Lanka's computer literacy is up from 9.7 percent in 2004 to over 16 percent today, government sources say.

IT and IT enabled services sector is also the fifth highest export earner at 213 million dollars in 2007 from negligible activity five years ago, industry sources point out.

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