Information and communication technology supply survey: 2023

The Information and communication technology supply survey: 2023 collected sales data from New Zealand businesses that are involved in producing or supplying software and information technology (IT) services.

Key facts

In 2023 compared with 2021:

  • total sales of published software and IT (information technology) services were worth $14.5 billion, up 28 percent
  • sales of published software increased 33 percent to $4.9 billion
  • sales of IT services increased 26 percent to $9.6 billion
  • exports of published software and IT services were 21 percent of the total sales of published software and IT services, the same as in 2019 and 2021
  • total sales of published software and IT services as a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP: production method, nominal, actuals) was 3.7 percent, up from 3.4 percent.

Text alternative for Overview of published software and IT services, 2023 compared with 2021

Since 2017, total sales of published software and IT services increased by $7.1 billion or 96 percent.

YearTotal sales of published software and IT services
20177382000000
20199651000000
202111294000000
202314490000000
69990000007765000000
925600000010046000000
1092700000011662000000
1401600000014964000000

About the data

This data comes from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply Survey. The survey collects data about total sales and export sales of published software and IT services. The ICT Supply Survey does not measure imports.

Data for 2023 includes some newly established businesses, changes in reporting or accounting (that is, consolidated responses), as well as an increasing trend of businesses selling bundled products and services, which may have impacted the data.

For all years, please consider the following points when using the breakdowns of published software and IT services. Respondents may not keep financial records of their breakdown of specific ICT sales, or their sales may not be able to be split out (that is, they sell bundled products).

Data updates

After receiving updated information from some respondents, we updated the data for the 2019 and 2021 ICT supply surveys. The updates are noted in the table below.

Updated data for the 2019 and 2021 ICT Supply Surveys

Sales
category

Sales
type

2019

2021

Most recently
available
8 February
2023(1)

Updated
24 May
2024

Most recently
available
8 February
2023(1)

Updated
24 May
2024

Published
software

Export

901

901

1,392

1,392

Domestic

2,028

2,028

2,295

2,287

Information
technology
services

Export

1,110

1,110

1,036

1,028

Domestic

5,607

5,613

6,610

6,587

Total

Export

2,010

2,010

2,428

2,419

Domestic

7,636

7,641

8,905

8,875

  1. This data was available on request, after an earlier version published on 7 November 2022 was removed from the Stats NZ website.

    Text alternative for Overview of published software and IT services, 2023 compared with 2021

    Diagram shows the sales of published software and IT services in 2023. Total sales of published software and IT services rose 28 percent from 2021 to reach $14,490 million in 2023. Total export sales of published software and IT services rose 28 percent from 2021 to reach $3,104 million in 2023. Published software exports rose 34 percent from 2021 to reach $1,859 million in 2023. Export sales of IT services rose 21 percent from 2021 to reach $1,245 million in 2023. Total domestic sales rose 28 percent from 2021 to reach $11,386 million in 2023. Domestic sales of published software rose 32 percent from 2021 to reach $3,026 million in 2023. Domestic sales of IT services rose 27 percent to reach $8,360 million in 2023.

    Definitions and metadata

    Information and communication technology supply survey – Survey series – DataInfo+ details the general methodology used to produce ICT statistics.

    Information and communication technology supply survey – DataInfo+ details the methodology used for this release.

    Information and communication technology supply survey concepts – DataInfo+ provides the definitions of terms used in this release.

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    The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply Survey is run every two years. The next survey is due to be run in 2025.

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