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UK falling behind on digital skills

22/07/2016
Lingwa: EN

Only 38% of UK workers say that their employer offers training in digital skills, reveals new survey by Barclays.

The Barclays Digital Development Index surveyed 10,000 workers in 10 countries to give an outlook on how ready the UK workforce is for the digital economy in comparison to its nearest rivals. A broad spectrum of countries was involved ranging from those currently competing with the UK to those likely to be competitors in the years ahead.

The self-assessment survey asked adult workers to evaluate their current digital skills and how their employers are helping them to address the gaps.

Despite the UK performing relatively well overall, fourth in the Digital Development Index ahead above its nearest rivals, the survey revealed low confidence levels in digital skills amongst the workforce. Only 38% of UK workers say that their employer offers training in digital skills; this figure is considerably higher in China, the US and India. Confidence is particularly low in basic digital skills, including security. The UK places no higher than sixth out of 10 in any basic skills category.

A notable trend was revealed in the assessment of content-creation and coding skills; the ‘younger’ cohorts though having confidence in digital communication and entertainment lack the digital skills to create digital content.

In the reports foreword, Barclays UK CEO Ashok Vaswani said:

“In this new world of disruptive innovation and digital advancement, it is those individuals, businesses and societies who have the greatest level of access, ability and understanding who will continue to prosper. Those which have the least will fall behind and find it progressively harder to catch up.

That’s why Barclays is absolutely committed to using our insights, expertise and scale to ensure that everyone can realise the full benefit of the digital age.”

You can see the full report along with the interactive Digital Skills Map in EPALE resources

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