In 2012, High and Medium High-technology Sectors represented 3.1% of the companies and 12% of the non-financial companies’ GVA. These sectors presented different characteristics from the total non-financial sectors, investing more in R&D and employing better paid human resources with a larger contribution to the GVA. These sectors also concentrated a higher share of inward foreign affiliates, of exporting companies and of High Growth Companies in relation to the total non-financial companies. In comparison with other European countries, in the last year with available information (2011), the weight of these sectors remained relatively modest.
Knowledge-intensive High-technology Services represented the largest share of companies (67.5%) and GVA created (55.5%) in these sectors. Within service activities, Computer Programming and Consultancy (60.7% of the companies) and Telecommunications (57.7% of the total GVA), stood out as the most relevant.