As the U.K. economy looks to post-pandemic recovery in a new, digital-first world, the changing nature of jobs poses challenges for workers in every industry. According to IDC, one in six U.K. workers have low or no digital skills. By 2030, nine out of ten workers will need to learn new skills to do their jobs, at a cost of £1.3 billion a year.
COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation of all aspects of society, and businesses have had to pivot to serve customers online. Next year, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of global GDP will be driven by digitized products and services. This need to go digital first is felt by 89 percent of CEOs who say they are under increased pressure to digitally transform their business due to the pandemic; one in three U.K. organizations are planning to create new digital tools and services.
The IDC Skills Infobrief report highlights the significant opportunities for digital transformation of the U.K.’s economy and workforce, but true recovery will require investment from government and business. The report identifies ICT and non-ICT professionals as key target groups for upskilling and reskilling but also points to tackling the U.K.’s growing unemployed population with support.
Notably, 37 percent of the U.K.’s unemployed have an advanced education with relevant, adjacent skillsets that make them good candidates for quick and effective reskilling. Without appropriate action to address the digital shortage, the report warns that the post-pandemic U.K. economy runs the risk of being undermined.