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Evidence suggests that a digital skills gap continues to grow in the United Kingdom. The UK House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee proposes a range of educational, commercial and social measures to close the gap and benefit both the British economy and society as a whole. Using statistics and cited research, this report will be of interest to those concerned with IT skills development or public policy.

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  • How the UK digital skills gap negatively affects the British economy; and
  • What the government, school systems, businesses and community must do to close the gap.
 

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The Science and Technology Committee is a multiparty select committee of the UK House of Commons.

 

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A significant lack of digital literacy exists among British citizens – to the detriment of the UK economy. An estimated 5.8 million citizens haven’t accessed the Internet in any capacity, with disabled or elderly people particularly poorly served. Many tech employers have difficulty hiring qualified candidates, and there is an increasing need for higher-level skills in information technology, such as cloud and mobile computing, cybersecurity, and software engineering. An estimated 90% of new careers require some level of digital literacy, and the skills shortfall is costly – with 93% of tech companies reporting a negative effect on their income.


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