On Thursday, a survey by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka said that the Sri Lankan Workers in the sector of information communications technology (ICT) are expected to grow 16.9 per cent in the year 2019 to about 146,089 from 124,873 in the year 2018.
The survey report that was quoted in the local Sri Lankan newspapers said that the workforce in the ICT sector of the island had grown 50.7 per cent from 82,854 since it was recorded in last survey held in 2014.
Minister Ajith Perera of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology said that as per his knowledge the ICT industry was the only one capable of improving the quality of life for the people of Sri Lanka.
The minister added that it was the only industry which could produce thousands of jobs and still match the aspirations of the generations to come.
The survey reported that in the year 2013 when the very first survey had been done, most of the Sri Lankan workers were in the departments of computer of the non-IT firms.
But by the year 2019, pure firms of ICT had become the biggest employers.
ICT firms had employed almost 65.6 per cent of the workforce whereas the non-ICT firms had employed only about 22 per cent.
The government of Sri Lanka has recently said that their country was rapidly emerging as an ICT destination of choice of the world.
The Sri Lankan ICT sector has become the 4th largest earner of export.