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IT-BPM growth flat this year

The growth of the local information technology and business process management industry is expected to be flat this year amid the pandemic.

The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines bared its recalibrated forecast for the industry during the closing ceremony of the 12th International Innovation Summit.

Revenue outlook for the IT-BPM industry at yearend 0 is at $26 billion, while full-time employment would remain at 1.3 million.

The sector closed 2019 with a revenue of $26.3 billion, 7.1 percent higher than in 2018.

Last year, employment also grew by 5.8 percent to 1.3 million from the 2018 level.

In an online press briefing, IBPAP president Rey Untal said the industry is still outperforming the global economy, which is expected to contract by three percent to four percent this year.

However, recovery is expected next year, and by 2022, the local IT-BPM sector is projected to grow between 3.2 percent and 5.5 percent in revenues and between 2.7 percent to five percent in employment.

“At this point, we are operating at pre-Covid levels, and developments are happening. New growth is starting,” Untal said.

To support the industry outlook, he added, stakeholders should focus on digital upskilling “at speed” and “at scale” of their workforce.

The ITBPM chief said the growth of the local industry would also be enabled by accelerated digital transformation, a robust ecosystem, a skilled workforce, and government support.

The future growth of the industry would also depend on the availability of the Covid-19 vaccines, as well as the outcome of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises bill, he said.

He added that recent reports on the Covid-19 vaccines being developed by Pfizer and Moderna are sending positive news to the global market and have been well received by the global IT-BPM industry.

On the CREATE bill, he said they are looking forward to an “investor-friendly” law.

“If you look at CREATE specifically, it should be investment-friendly. And this means the ability to entice not just new investments, but keep the existing investors,” he said.