This study examines the demand and supply of digital skills in the UK and reviews the risks for the UK if the digital skills needs of the population and businesses are not addressed. The findings of the study aim to inform the government’s digital strategy, as a key element of the Productivity Plan.
The study addressed four key questions:
1. What is the current demand for digital skills across the economy and what are the different types of digital skills requirements?
2. What barriers and market failures to the development of digital skills have emerged during the last decade?
3. What are the areas of shortage or mismatch (skill mismatch is defined as the gap between an individual's job skills and the demands of the job market) of digital skills in the workforce?
4. How can the supply of digital skills meet the demand of the labour market?