Skills Development Scotland Urges Employers To Invest In Digital Savvy Staff
Digital skills are vital to exploit global opportunities, says Skills Development Scotland.
Scottish companies, especially SMEs, that do not invest in digital skills will fail to grow, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has warned.
The organisation said that 82% of Scottish businesses find it difficult to recruit people with the right digital skills and experience. Each year in Scotland there are almost 13,000 tech job vacancies, and in 10 years time 90% of all jobs will require some sort of digital knowledge, it predicts.
The future is here
Claire Gillespie, sector manager for digital technologies at SDS, added: “Many people talk about a digital future as part of “industry 4.0”, but the reality is that future is already here.
“We regularly speak to Scottish businesses about what they need from us. They told us that although our support was welcome and comprehensive, it was also complex and confusing, so we listened and have now created a simplified online guide to help them.
SDS has organised a free Glasgow event to tell Scottish companies about the support open to them through a range of partners. The event will be held at the Strathclyde Technology Innovation Centre on the 18th September, and will feature guest speaker Kate Forbes MSP, Minister for Public Finance & Digital Economy.
Forbes said: “The digital economy offers global opportunities for Scottish companies, but they need the right digital skills to maximise those opportunities. The Scottish Government and SDS are working together to help them achieve this. This is a rallying call for all businesses, as it is not just tech companies that need these skills. In fact, more than 60% of digital jobs are for non-tech firms so the benefits are far-reaching.”