Government seeks to find out more about UK’s digital skills needs
01 Sep 2017by Chloe Green
The government wants to better understand the UK’s specialist digital skills needs - including those of charities - and has launched a survey to gather information.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
(DCMS) is leading a review of the UK’s advanced and specialist digital skills to ensure a strong advanced and specialist digital workforce in the future. DCMS has commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to conduct research in support of this review.
This survey is for any business with a UK office that employs at least one person in a digital specialist role
. You don’t have to be a “digital specialist” business. This is your chance to tell the UK Government what needs to be done so the UK can grow and develop a highly skilled advanced and specialist digital workforce.
“Advanced and specialist digital skills” are higher-level skills used for creating, exploiting, operating and maintaining digital technology systems, as well as skills and knowledge needed to build new, or maintain/enhance existing digital technology.
Antony Walker, deputy CEO of industry body TechUK
, said the next few years will see businesses using digital tech to boost productivity and “having a world-leading digital workforce will be critical for this”.
“We are encouraged to see the DCMS undertaking this important research to develop the UK’s advanced and specialist digital skills pipeline,” he said. “This is key in meeting not only the tech industry’s growing demand for skills, but also for sectors across the economy, which are increasingly digitising.”
The survey can be accessed here