I've previously blogged about the lack of digital skills in Scotland and highlighted the lack of technical, marketing and associated skills (design, user experience, content, etc.) ‘North of the border’ where I live. But this skilled and empowered workforce isn't just missing in Scotland, or even across the UK. In a digital skills presentation today from ScotlandIS, the Scottish IT Trade body, I was actually shocked to hear the fact that there is a shortfall of 1 million digital jobs across the EU.
Scotland is therefore only a drop in the ocean compared to this, with only 10,000 people a year needed here to fill the gap.
So what is being done about it?
- Are schools, higher education and further education producing the right courses and talent?
- Are companies investing enough to drag seasoned employees (who may have previously resisted or ignored the use of digital)?
- Are cities and even governments doing enough to encourage digital enterprise in specific areas that need it most?
- Are boards hiring Chief Digital Officers to champion online excellence?
I fear not.