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Tech Firms Want Digital Ministers

Tech Firms Want Digital Ministers

An influential group of major technology firms is calling on the UK to appoint "digital ministers" in every government department.

Tech UK represents more than 850 companies and demanded rules to allow more skilled technology workers into the country.

Chief executive at Tech UK Julian David said: "You've got to make sure the UK becomes a hub for digital skills."

Mr David believes the digital economy should be a concern for the whole country.

He added: "We've got fantastic capability in clusters around the country.

"When you look at places like Cambridge, there's a pattern of success there for growing digitally-focused, very large, very successful companies such as [chip maker] Arm Holdings."

Tech UK has said it wants a Cabinet-level minister representing the interests of the digital economy.

The company said: "The next government should ensure there is Cabinet-level leadership to develop and execute a single digital strategy that rolls up the digital economy, digitalisation of government and digital inclusion."

"Other systemically important policy domains have a clear departmental lead and a strong voice at the Cabinet table - it is time the full significance of digital is recognised in the same way."


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