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Current Digital Skills Shortages


In 2021, you would think that acquiring skills, knowledge and overall training of working effectively with digital would be a top priority for those entering the job market. After all, digital skills are required within 82% of all online job advertisements within the UK and 92% of businesses state that at least a basic level of digital skills is a necessity within their companies. 

However, even though there’s a strong desire for today's workers to be proficient in Tech and IT, there’s actually a void of qualified individuals to take up this influx of digitally centred jobs. Only 52% of british workers have obtained core digital skills needed in 2021. In fact, the BBC described the UK as heading towards a ‘Digital skills shortage disaster’ with 40% less IT students at GCSE level since 2015 as well as 70% of young people anticipated that future employers will train them in digital skills on the job.

The UK is now considered the most digitally advanced country in Europe (in terms of consumers and users of the internet) and there is a big push to advance and cater to those using online platforms in their everyday lives. The current digital skill shortages means that the UK is currently losing £6 billion pounds per year

With the need to foster digital talent being so vital for overall demand and boosting the post-covid economy, what skills and job occupations are most valued right now?

Software Development

A particularly needed skill that is on the rise would be software development. Out of all available positions currently within the UK, 1 in 100 are advertising Software Developer positions. From 2020, there are over 31,000 unassigned Software Developer positions that haven’t been filled and it’s not going to plateau once covid becomes a thing of the past, either. Employment for software developer employment is expected to rise by 10.1% in the next year.

Mastering algorithms, problem-solving, managing all the complexities and coding needed to make a website or any online platform run smoothly is critical. Knowing multiple programming languages, having up-to-date computing knowledge and acting essentially as the engine for a website's functionality makes for a diverse role… and there’s plenty of opportunities!

Salaries have made a jump with averages swaying from £39,500 to £55,000 in 2020 - in just one year the averages are now between £42,000 to £57,000 in 2021. So if you’re looking to upskill your current IT knowledge or redirect your career ambition, learning more about software development is an ideal route to take!

Cyber Security knowledge

A recent government survey stated that 39% of UK businesses have experienced cyber security breaches or attacks from March 2020. With cyber attacks becoming far too common, Tech companies and businesses in general are actively seeking Cyber Security Specialists to secure themselves from invasive hackers and online threats. And it’s not limited to big corporations! On average, a small business is successfully hacked every 19 seconds in this country. Pretty scary!

In fact, the demand is so strong in juxtaposition to the lack of qualified Cyber Security Specialists out there (58,000 total in the country) that by 2022, there will be potentially 100,000 unfilled Cybersecurity jobs in the UK alone.

With the sparsity of Cyber Security professionals being so discernible, companies are willing to provide highly competitive salaries to fill this new-found necessity as well as gaining an expert who is fully trained in this sector. The average salary lands at £62,500 and progressing to senior positions in the field can be as much as £92,120 yearly. Great incentive to brush up on your online security knowledge and consider training in such an in-demand field.

Cloud Computing

Having a solid understanding of the mechanics and overall usages of Cloud computing is a digital skill that employers in today's high-tech world are actively seeking. It allows workers to seamlessly process power, access and manage online data storage, saving over internet servers instead of just the operating system they're working from.

Storing files in the Cloud is a fantastic measure to prevent accidents and viruses. With this in mind, 60% of IT and Tech companies are looking to expand their usages of the Cloud - it’s definitely an essential resource!

LinkedIn data found that Cloud computing was the number one hard skill sought-after by employers in 2019 and demand continues to increase. As companies embrace all things Cloud, employers are struggling to find individuals with the right skills or experience. The lack of people trained with Cloud capabilities is a cause of concern, with 90% of companies reporting a decline in multiple Cloud related disciplines.

Skills handling and working with Data

Currently, there’s an underlying need for data specialists. There’s between 173,000 and 234,000 hard data related roles up for grabs in the country right now that are struggling to get filled. And 46% of companies state that hiring has been a hurdle trying to get hire qualified data professionals.

These roles include (but aren’t limited to) titles like: Data Engineer, Data Scientist and Data Analyst. In fact, a 2019 report stated that the demand for data skills had risen up an overwhelming 231% over a 5 year period.

So why are data skills so important to the Digital world at large? Data skills teach you how to collectively gather information, store and organise it for an intended purpose. Whether it be discovering consumer habitats to cultivating personalised marketing. There are so many ways to utilize data and it's constantly multiplying! Learning more about Data and gaining a qualification in this Digital space is highly-favoured in Tech and (as you now know) there’s plenty of jobs waiting to be taken!


The market for DevOps engineers has had a growth of over 40% in the last five years and remains one of the key, recurring positions is the discussion on the country's digital skills shortage.

From overseeing and deploying code, managing IT infrastructure, software testing, collaborating with developer and operations teams - these are all qualities and skillsets that ensure that Digital performance runs as smoothly as possible!

The necessary skills within DevOps are coding and scripting capabilities and an understanding of data management and automation. But how about the pay? It’s very good as a matter of fact! The average salary is £66,000 and if gaining further experience in the field, it shoots up to £77,500!

Fancy boosting your own digital skills?

If you’re looking to seize the opportunity to train in highly valuable Digital skills then we would be delighted to assist you.

The Training Room not only offers a range of online IT courses covering Software Development and Cyber Security, but we’ve also launched an innovative platform to train students in the Digital skills shortage. Our Microsoft Bootcamp courses cover DevOps, Data Engineering and Cloud Engineering.

Take advantage of the lack-luster Tech talent pool and train up to become a pro in the area of Digitals skills which appeal to you the most.

The Training Room | 09/08/2021 10:00:00

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