Is Public Sector Digital Transformation Being Held Back By a Growing Skills Shortage?

Is Public Sector Digital Transformation Being Held Back By a Growing Skills Shortage?

According to a new report by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the UK public sector is struggling to leverage the full potential of digital transformation due to a growing digital skills gap.

The lack of technical expertise and digital proficiency is hampering the ability to deliver digital services and must be addressed if organisations are to embrace digital transformation, according to CIF.

Based on a cross-sector poll of 250 IT and business decision-makers, the research concluded that senior leadership teams generally recognise the need to deliver digital transformation. However, there is much less confidence in their ability to actually deliver it – particularly in the public sector. Only 12% of public sector respondents are ‘completely confident’ that their leadership team can deliver digital transformation.

The report concluded that:

  • Over half of respondents (55%) believed that their organisation does not have the skills required to adapt to digital transformation.
  • The top three ‘sought after’ digital skills are: strategy (37%), digital roadmap for implementation (37%) and cloud specialists (35%).

As far as the Cloud is concerned, the report concludes that there is no evidence to support the view that internal IT departments will be driven to extinction. In the majority of cases, the IT department has been maintained in full, but refocused on new IT priorities including transformation and the Cloud.

Flexibility is seen as being the order of the day. Staff must equip themselves with the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy or find themselves at a distinct disadvantage.

The main conclusions of the CIF report support many of our own thoughts as expressed in recent blog posts. For example, our current blog series on ‘Accelerating Digital‘ argues strongly for a clear strategy and implementation roadmap to drive digital transformation.

Recent posts specifically on the public sector can be found here.

The CIF White Paper can be downloaded here Cloud Driving Transformation (free registration required).

See our recent post on the same issue – The Cloud and Digital Transformation.

For a short summary of the report please see Digital by Default News.