Government must recruit skills needed for post-Brexit

According to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), there is a government skills shortage

According to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), there is a government skills shortage, which includes the lack of digital skills, must be addressed to support the UK’s exit from the EU.

The PAC report on exiting the EU said that the civil service needs to urgently address the lack of skills, pointing out that the current process has been “too slow”.

The report said: “The Department for Exiting the European Union and the Cabinet Office do not have a robust enough plan to identify and recruit the people and skills needed quickly,”

The PAC said that as Brexit will require new IT systems and infrastructure and that the scale of work is substantial and must be completed at pace”.

It added: “The skills required to manage these tasks, particularly in the specialisms of project management, digital and commercial, were already in short supply in government before the need to prepare for Brexit,”

The government skills issue is longstanding, and the PAC said projects are often tackled without departments having the right skills in place.

Last month, Government Digital Service (GDS) Chief Operating Officer, Alison Pritchard, highlighted the need for digital, data and technology skills (DDaT) across government departments, particularly in relation to Brexit.  

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