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Study Finds Digital Skills Gap Costs UK Billions of Pounds

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Up to 12.6 million people in the UK lack basic digital skills, according to a new report published by the UK Government. The report, titled, 'Digital Skills Crisis', examines the state of the digital skills gap in the country, revealing that the problem could be costing the British economy an estimated £63 billion (approximately €75 billion) a year in lost additional GDP.

Noting that 72% of employers are unwilling to interview candidates who do not have basic IT skills, the report calls for a Digital Strategy to be published as soon as possible, stating that, "There should be goals for developing better basic digital skills, for increasing the number and diversity of students studying computer science, and for increasing digital apprenticeships and for fostering digital champions."

The report can be downloaded from the website of the UK Parliament.

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