Given that digital is undeniably the future, this is an important issue. Digital skills are shaping the future of the UK, as they have a direct impact on people’s productivity. Studies have shown that by 2017 the UK will need 750,000 skilled digital workers, and that failure to produce these workers could cost the economy as much as £2 billion annually.
With this in mind, why is the UK still failing to address such an important issue? I think that this is largely because, as a nation, we still see the acquisition of digital skills as a bonus, and ‘nice-to-have’, rather than an essential part of our personal and professional lives.
It is important that we work to change this perspective, and realise that learning and using digital skills is a requirement from childhood education all the way up to professional training in the workplace. It is especially crucial to address ongoing concerns regarding privacy and protection. Ignorance is no longer an option; both professionally and personally.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at HR Magazine – Digital skills will make or break the UK.