It has been estimated by the study commissioned by the UK government that approximately 12.6 million of UK residents (just under 20% of population) lack basic computer skills. However, what is even more worrying is that it is though that close to 6 million (9% of the population) have never used internet.
The study suggests that the reasons behind such a skills gap are stubborn refusal of people to develop digital skills and problems with the education system. For example, it was found that 22% IT equipment in schools is ineffective and only 70% of required number of computer science teachers have been recruited, of whom only 35% have relevant qualifications.
The lack of digital skills creates more problems in the society than simple citizens' inability to use modern computers and smart devices. For example, it has been estimated that lack of digital knowledge costs £63 billion to the country's economy, as over 90% of modern jobs require some level of computer skills.
Another important consequence of digital skills gap is the need for higher immigration. If the proportion of computer-literate population is to remain the same, the country will need another 745,000 digital technology workers by 2017 and many more in the years to come. Without radically addressing the problems with the modern digital education, the only viable source of this workforce will be immigration.
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Published by Mobile Tech Tracker
Posted on 13 Jun 2016