Pakistan moves forward with the IT revolution

The dynamics of a knowledge society and economy are forming, and information technology has taken on a crucial enabling role, emerging as a vital lever of economic progress.

Pakistan, like many other countries in the area, is undergoing a digital transformation that is helping to distinguish it as a top destination for software development, BPO, and freelancing.

Pakistan, a nation of 220 million people, has a sizable human and knowledge capital due to the fact that almost 60% of its population is between the ages of 15 and 29. There are already more than 2,000 IT businesses and call centres in the nation, and that number is increasing yearly.

Pakistan has 13 Software Technology Parks, more than 20,000 IT graduates and engineers are created each year, and more than 300,000 English-speaking IT professionals with competence in both established and emerging IT products and technologies.

With a 47% increase in freelance earnings and a 70% increase in its exports of IT over the previous three years, Pakistan is the fourth fastest growing market for independent contractors.

The development of the nation’s digital infrastructure is accelerating quickly. One of the fastest expanding industries in the nation is IT/IT-enabled services, which accounts for $3.5 billion, or 1% of the GDP.

According to the Ministry of IT and Telecom, IT exports increased significantly from $2.108 billion during fiscal year 2020–21 to $2.616 billion (July 2021–June 2022) with a growth rate of 24.1%.

Comparing the first eight months of the current fiscal year to the same period last year, Pakistan’s exports of IT climbed by 26%. They have increased by half over the past four years, and analysts predict that they will increase by 100% more over the next two to four years to reach $7 billion.

The State Bank of Pakistan estimates that Pakistan’s software exports are currently worth $700 million. Freelancers in the nation, who are not registered, contribute an additional $1.2 billion to exports, a figure that the central bank does not track.