12 Million People Fall into Digital Skills Gap

According to research from a charity group, over 12 million people and over a million small businesses fall into the digital skills gap.

The charity, known as Go.On UK, was set up to help promote digital skills and has warned that millions of businesses and people do not have the skills to prosper in the digital age.

The charity has produced a digital exclusion heatmap highlighting areas where people are most likely to miss out on the digital revolution.

Over a third of the population in Wales do not have the five basic digital skills as defined by Go.On UK, whereas London, Scotland and East Anglia come top of the list, with 80% of people having those skills.

According to the charity, the five skills needed for the digital future are managing information, communication, making payments, solving problems and creating things online.

A survey consisting of over 4,000 people nationwide, combined with collecting data about education, income, health and internet access have all helped build the digital exclusion heatmap.

When it comes to broadband availability and our use of mobile devices, the charity claim that the UK isn't doing too badly compared with other countries.

Go.On UK is chaired by Baroness Martha Lane Fox. She warns of a threat to economic growth, productivity and social mobility if we don't close the skills gap.

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