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The eSkills for Jobs 2015-2016 in the United Kingdom is organised by techUK. Collectively, techUK’s members provide about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. The overall eSkills for Jobs campaign in the UK includes communication activities, together with some awareness-raising events and trainings, with a particular focus on women in tech.

To find out more about eSkills initiatives in your country, including information about jobs and training opportunities, please visit the national website:

techUK

"The UK has a thriving ICT sector and is one of the leading countries across Europe for the tech industry. To ensure that the UK and Europe as a whole maintains its international standing in the global tech sector, I urge both European and UK policy makers to strengthen their efforts to develop an e-skills strategy. Ensuring our current and future workforce is fit for the digital economy is key if we are to flourish in ever more competitive global markets." Jacqueline de Rojas, VP & General Manager, Northern Europe Citrix.

 
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Key Figures

  UK EU27
ICT practitioner workforce 2012 as percent of total workforce 5.6% 3.43%
Forecast ICT practitioner jobs  2015 1,636,000 7,503,000
Forecast ICT practitioner jobs  2020 1,639,000 7,950,000
Vocational training graduates in Computer Science, 2011  0 67.000
  Score 2009/2010 Score 2011/2012 EU average
Individuals with high level of computer skills 29% 22% 28.52%
Individuals with high level of internet skills 8% 17% 13.67%
Individuals using the internet (last three months) 82% 85% 71.33%
Table 1& 2: Data to be taken from Empirica country reports: eskills-monitor2013.eu/results

National policy/ strategy related to eSkills

As part of the Information Economy Strategy announced in 2013, the UK Government put £29.5m toward the creation of the Tech Partnership.

The Tech Partnership is a network of employers that have developed an ambitious range of objectives to help employers equip the UK's current and future workforce with the e-skills required for the economy to continue to flourish. Examples of the Partnership's aims include, providing an online careers portal for the tech sector, working with UK education institutions to promote e-skills, establishing Tech Skills Hubs across the UK that help tech businesses work together to grow, and establishing a post-graduate training programme that prepares new graduates for technology careers.

National initiatives related to eSkills

The UK Parliament's Digital Skills Committee in the House of Lords is currently examining whether the UK is developing a workforce with the skills to compete in the global digital economy. The committee will assess the impact of big data and other technology advances for the UK economy, and how the UK workforce can be equipped to work effectively in a knowledge-driven economy. The committee is expected to publish the outcome of its investigation in March 2015.

The UK Government backed Tech Partnership as part of the Information Economy Strategy also has a number of objectives related to closing the e-skills gap including, doubling the number of tech apprenticeships, achieving a 50:50 gender balance in young people entering tech careers, and making sure that digital careers are seen as desirable for 16 – 21 year olds.