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Digital economy

The UK digital sector employs about 1.5 million people and added around £150bn to the UK economy in 2019. Companies in the digital economy apply their tech and expertise to solve problems and enhance day to day services, providing benefits for consumers across food delivery, health, energy, and many more sectors. At techUK, our aim is to ensure the UK remains one of the best places to start and grow a tech firm with benefits for our people, society, economy and planet.

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Digital Economy Monitor Q3 2021

According to our third-quarter 2021 survey results, the tech sector is ready to play a part in the UK economic recovery, with tech companies exhibiting strong overall sales performance, increased investment plans, and strong desires to expand their headcount in the UK. However, this optimism is balanced by concerns about skills and labour shortages as well as the impact of supply chain disruptions.

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Autumn Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review 2021


The Autumn 2021 Budget and Spending Review, does it deliver for UK tech?

Across the Budget and Spending Review the Chancellor’s budget makes some major interventions to support the UK tech sector

Four pillars for removing barriers to tech-led growth: techUK’s submission to the Autumn Budget and CSR 2021

techUK's submission to the Autumn Budget and CSR 2021 outlines four pillars to remove the barriers to tech-led growth to underpin a strong economic recovery.

Tech must be at the centre of PM’s vision for a high wage economy

Press release: techUK CEO says the Budget and Spending Review must prioritise tech-led growth to realise the Government’s vision for a high wage economy post-Brexit


Jacqueline de Rojas CBE in conversation with Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer

techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas joined Chancellor Rishi Sunak to discuss how in the modern world ‘every job is a tech job’ and the need to demystify the industry to ensure everyone can see the opportunities of technology as open to them.

The UK tech sector in the 2020s

A profile of the UK’s tech sector and the benefits our sector and techUK’s members can bring to the UK in the 2020s

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Latest news and views on the UK digital economy


techUK responds to Government's consultation on a new pro-competition regime for Digital Markets

Highlights of techUK's response to DCMS/BEIS consultation.

Now Brexit is done, what should the Government’s priorities be for UK tech?

With a UK-EU trade deal agreed, what should we do next on UK tech?

Why innovative regulation is a must for UK tech

Developing strong principles that support innovative regulation, will not just be good for UK tech, but also increase consumer welfare by allowing British consumers access to and the confidence to use the latest digital services.

OECD agrees ground-breaking tax settlement for the global economy

techUK welcomes this ground-breaking agreement. Check out what was agreed by the OECD and what the next steps are.


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All techUK's work is led by our members - keep in touch or get involved by joining one of the programmes below.

Policy and Public Affairs

techUK's policy and public affairs function makes the case to government and policymakers across Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and the devolved nations on the most pressing issues facing businesses and the tech sector.

Tech and Innovation

techUK’s Technology and Innovation Programme explores key transformative technologies driving the UK’s digital economy, society and Industry 4.0 including AI, digital identity, cloud, data analytics and emerging technologies such as quantum and RPA. By exploring the convergence of technologies and identifying opportunities to drive adoption and deployment and conducting horizon scanning to identify future technology trends it ensures techUK remains relevant as the technology industry evolves.

Communications Infrastructure and Services

techUK brings together government, the regulator, telecom companies and its stakeholders around four themes; shared infrastructure, security and resilience, unlicensed spectrum and our 5G ecosystem. We do so to lower the cost to the sector of deployment, ensure confidence in networks, spur innovation and unlock value for all parties in 5G. This is delivered through a mix of thought leadership, multilateral engagement and ecosystem building.

Market Access

The techUK Market Access Programme helps members understand, shape, and comply with the increasingly complex array of regulations and laws that underpin international trade. We work with government officials and legal experts to help members understand and shape policy around standards, technical regulations, sanctions, trade policy and export controls, subjects tech firms need to be on top of to trade internationally.




Neil Ross

Neil Ross

Head of Policy, techUK

As Head of Policy Neil leads techUK's domestic policy development. He regularly engages with UK and Devolved Government Ministers, senior civil servants and Members of the UK’s Parliaments with the aim of supporting government and industry to work together to make the UK the best place to start, scale and develop technology companies.

Neil joined techUK in 2019 to lead on techUK’s engagement in the UK-EU Brexit trade deal negotiations, as well as leading on economic policy.

He has a background in the UK Parliament and in social research. Neil holds a masters degree in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in International Politics from City, University of London.

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Pablo Derpich

Pablo Derpich

Policy Manager, Economy and Innovation, techUK

Pablo Derpich is the Policy Manager for Economy and Innovation at techUK. 

Before joining techUK, Pablo worked in Economic Policy research on the topics of innovation and development for governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Latin America and the United Kingdom.

Pablo has a degree in Economics (BSc) from the University of Chile and an MPA in Digital Technologies and Policy at UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP).

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