UK Government Launches Digital Skills Survey

UK Government Launches Digital Skills Survey

It is now widely accepted that the UK is facing a digital skills crisis.

As argued in previous blog posts, the digital skills gap is a major barrier preventing the UK’s public sector from leveraging the full potential of digital transformation. In the private sector, many businesses are stuck in a cycle of poor productivity due to a shortage of digital skills.

In order to better understand what ‘advanced and specialist digital skills are required in the UK’, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched an online survey ‘to tell the 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 defined as 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.

This includes IT analyst, IT manager, programmers, systems architect, cyber security specialists, data scientists and others.

The survey takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete and can be found here.

The DCMS online survey is aimed not only at the digital and tech sectors, but all industries using digital technologies, with the aim of collecting data from a wide range of employers about their digital skills needs.