This IDC study, which is IDC's 2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Workforce Estimates document, is a bottom-up, country-by-country analysis of the number of professional and hobbyist software developers and information and communications technology (ICT)–skilled workers in the world at the start of 2014. The numbers of software developers and ICT-skilled workers in the world are important for a variety of resource allocation and investment decisions and because they are the gating factors to addressable market calculations for many software and IT services providers. This study includes a new set of estimates not previously provided by IDC, namely the number of hobbyist developers. All estimates are provided for the three geographic regions and for 90 of the most developed countries in the world.
"IDC estimates there are almost 29 million ICT-skilled workers in the world as we enter 2014, including 11 million professional developers," said Al Hilwa, research director, Application Development Software at IDC. "IDC also estimates there are 7.5 million hobbyist developers, which brings the total software developer count to 18.5 million. This country-by-country analysis of 90 of the most developed countries in the world, which represent 97% of the world's GDP, is unique in the industry as it provides the only bottom-up model of the world's professional and hobbyist software developers."