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Poor Digital Skills and Lack of Reskilling Hampering European Industry

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According to new research from the European Commission, a significant digital skills gap is hampering adoption of technology. Despite this, many survey respondents don’t consider reskilling strategies to be a priority.

The findings come from the ‘Digital Transformation Scoreboard 2017’, published by the Commission’s Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The study is based on survey-data gathered from companies in the automotive, mechanical engineering, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors in EU Member States.

A key finding is that a third of companies lack the necessary skills to exploit digital technologies, while nearly half of respondents had not implemented reskilling strategies. It is clear that prioritising raising digital skills in the workforce is an essential step in unlocking the potential of ICT.

More information about the report can be found on the website of the European Commission.

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