UK Digital Skills Gap – Sources and Resources
There’s a digital skills gap in the UK, and of course, much further afield too, but we’re concentrating on the UK for now.
We’re looking for reports and articles that outline the specific future digital skills required or the specific gaps in industry digital roles now in the UK.
Our Founder, Tiffany St James is collecting this research on the UK digital skills gap and if you have come across any interesting articles or reports – please do email her: email@example.com or send links on Twitter to @tiffanystjames.
At BIMA, the British Interactive Media Association, Tiffany has recently been appointed Group Chair of Universities. The University Board Purpose is to positively affect the employability of graduates in digital careers and together with the other University Board members, we’re writing a research report on the digital skills gap in the UK today.
We’ll publish the long list of articles as a constant resource for people and organisations interested in helping support the UK digital skills gap on this blog.
Here’s the latest so far:
- The digital skills gap costs the UK economy around £63bn a year in lost income 
- 90% of new jobs require digital skills to some degree 
- 72% of employers are unwilling to interview candidates who do not have basic IT skills 
- 12.6 million adults in the UK lack basic digital skills 
- 5.8 million have never used the internet at all 
- 72% of large companies are suffering tech skill gaps in the UK 
- 49% of SMEs are suffering tech skill gaps in the UK 
- 22% of IT equipment in schools is ineffective 
- 1 GOV.UK: Digital Skills for the Economy
- 2 House of Commons report: Digital skills crisis
- 3 The Tinder Foundation: Economic impact of digital skills and inclusion