The Skills for a Digital Future survey report provides insight into the future skills the UK will need to ensure businesses can be agile and responsive to change.
The research found:
- The need for digital skills is everywhere - eight in 10 (83%) employers say their staff regularly work with computers while two thirds (68%) report their employees work with handheld devices
- A quarter say their staff use robotics and automated equipment (24%) and AI (23%), while 15% say virtual reality was used by staff in their day-to-day-work
- Half of engineering employers report issues with skills in the external market of technical workers (54%) and their current engineering or technical workforce (47%)
- For employers whose internal workforce is held back by the digital skills gap, nearly half (49%) say the consequence is reduced productivity. This is compounded by difficulty recruiting (36%) and barriers to innovation (35%)
- 31% of employers say their artificial intelligence/machine learning will be important to sector growth. However, half (50%) of employers say they don’t have the necessary skills in this area
To ensure the right skills are in place to maximise the opportunities offered by future technologies, we included recommendations in the report across three areas: Government, Industry and Partnerships.