The UK will need more than three-quarters of a million digitally skilled workers by 2017 to fulfil the economic potential of the IT sector.
Research by O2 found that more than a fifth (169,000-182,000) of jobs needed to support economic growth are ideally suited to those with strong IT skills.
The research also calls for the government and industry to work together to maximise the digital growth opportunity. Such collaboration could result in a further 100,000 digital jobs, in addition to the projected 750,000 requirement.
Speaking at Campus Party, one of the world’s largest technology festivals, Telefónica UK CEO Ronan Dunne said: ‘Now more than ever before, digital offers the chance to drive sustained economic recovery, but this will only be realised if we become a nation of digitally confident businesses with a digitally literate workforce.’
He continued: ‘As digital natives, young people possess valuable skills that will be the future fuel of our economy, but not enough is being done to harness them.’
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