Three-quarters of IT managers say their firm faces a digital skills shortage

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According to a new study from The Open University, 69% of firms are having difficulty finding employees with adequate digital skills.

According to the study results, the majority of employers (77%) believe they have a digital skills gap in their organization and are struggling to hire new personnel with suitable digital abilities and upskill their present employees.

62% of businesses believe they’re having trouble upskilling their present employees with suitable digital capabilities.

Over half of companies say they want to upskill their employees in the next two years to close the skills gap in their organization.

Employers in England also agreed that improving their digital skills would benefit their business.

According to the survey, 48% of respondents believe it would increase business profitability, 46% believe it will increase productivity within the firm, and 45% believe it will make the organization more competitive in the marketplace.

Almost half of the respondents (48%) believe that upskilling current staff will help businesses avoid costly new hires.

Respondents demonstrated their commitment to finding answers to these problems by sharing their plans to upskill their present employees to fill the skills gap in their organization in the next two years (56%), with many intending to reskill their current employees into new jobs (46%).

“As organizations increasingly rely on digital capabilities, this poll demonstrates that it can be tough to recruit personnel into digital roles and keep existing employees up to speed with relevant digital skills,” said Jacky Hinton, director of apprenticeships and HTQs at The Open University.

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