In the first quarter of 2007, prices in software consultancy were nearly 3.5 percent higher than one year previously. Prices in this branch have risen for the fourth quarter running and are rising at an ever increasing rate. In the second quarter of 2006, for instance, prices were only 1.5 percent up on one year previously. This trend indicates that the excessive production growth in the computer branch affects prices.
Output is also soaring. In 2005, output grew by 4.2 percent, as against no less than 9.1 percent in 2006. This makes the computer branch one of the driving forces behind the current economic growth. Employment also improved distinctly, but a considerable number of vacancies remain unfilled. Perhaps the manpower shortage also pushed up prices in the computer branch.