Tech Nation 2016 Report Calls for Digital Skills

A report from Tech City has revealed the UK technology sector is growing but the skills needed are not coming from traditional education.

In a foreword for the report Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Tech is truly transforming the way we do all kinds of business, right across the country. We will continue to back, with all levers at our disposal, the innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship that is redefining and strengthening the modern British economy."

The report found that 41% of the 1.56 million jobs in the digital tech economy are in traditional industries.

The report also stated that a study from Burning Glass revealed that between 2012 and 2015 the number of adverts for digital jobs grew by 34%.

The number of digital jobs in public administration, defence and social security rose by 90.3% and in financial services the number grew by 78.5%.

Burning Glass also found that the average advertised salary for digital roles grew by 13% between 2012 and 2015, yet the Tech Nation report found that 40% of digital entrepreneurs say they face challenges finding skilled digital workers.

The report also revealed that in-house training remains the most common source of skills development, with universities ranking relatively low in software development activities.

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