Why we exist

 

The digital economy is a great success storyDigitisation is changing every business in every sector in the UK today. Not only does the digital industry directly contribute £100 billion a year to the UK economy, it’s also key to innovation across the economy, underpinning growth, business competitiveness and public service improvement. Digital also drives job growth: 1.8 million people are employed in the UK digital workforce, a rise of 28% over the past decade.

 

But the digital economy faces a big challenge…

A shortage of skills is preventing businesses and workers from fulfilling their potential in a digital sector.

• 138,000 new entrants are required to fill digital roles in the UK each year – that’s over a million between now and 202539% of businesses from across sectors struggle to fill vacancies for digital specialists. 52% of digital business also report difficulties in filling vacancies for digital specialists.

What’s more, too few young people – especially girls – are attracted by digital careers.

Young people are not attracted to digital education: school students generally prefer other subjects. IT and computing A-levels account for just 1.6% of all A-levels taken. Just 7% of digital specialists are under 24.We are missing half the talent pool: females account for only 16% of current digital specialists, 12% of computing degree students, and 8% of those taking A-level computing.

 

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Tech Partnership membership is FREE and open to all employers of tech professionals in the UK. Join today and show your support for creating the digital skills for a prosperous UK digital economy.

If you’re affiliated with training providers, awarding bodies, membership organisations, or any other businesses interested in improving the digital skills pool you can join the alliance.