Digital Skills Shortage Warning

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A new survey by the British Chambers of Commerce has revealed a troubling shortage of digital skills in UK business. Shortages of skills that are increasingly in demand, including basic computer skills, are causing firms higher operating costs, difficulties in meeting customer requirements, and an increased workload on existing staff.

The BCC found 84% of firms say digital skills are more important to their businesses now than two years ago, and it’s self-evident that our digital skills are going to be vital in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s imperative that the Government responds to the needs of businesses both now and in the future by stepping up digital skills education and training, and ensuring that businesses are equipped to provide the kind of training necessary to equip their workforce for the future.

I will continue to push the Government on the significant skills gap in their digital strategy, which cedes responsibility for this crucial sector of the economy.