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Proactive approach vital in addressing UK IT skills shortage, advises Code Institute CEO

Thu 9 Nov 2023

The IT sector in the UK is experiencing a pronounced digital skills shortage, particularly in software development, posing a challenge to businesses engaged in digital transformation.

Code Institute’s CEO Jim Cassidy highlights the need for a proactive approach to combat this issue.

Cassidy points out the key factors exacerbating the skills deficit: “Some of the most prominent challenges for companies include finding qualified candidates and keeping up with ongoing technological advancements. The evolving nature of technology often exceeds traditional education and training programs, creating a disconnect between the skills employers demand and the qualifications candidates hold.”

He elaborates on the consequences of these skill gaps, noting that they hinder business progress, overload current staff, and impede digital initiatives.

Cassidy champions a holistic strategy to tackle these challenges: “Upskilling ensures that employees remain competitive in an ever-changing job market, enhancing their overall job security. This focus on professional development benefits individual employees and contributes to a company’s long-term success, as it cultivates an adaptable workforce capable of navigating various industry challenges and innovations.”

The latest developments in transformative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are also fuelling a demand for IT skills among employees.

The European AI and ML market is expected to grow by almost 40% each year between now and 2028. This expansion underscores the increasing adoption of AI solutions by businesses seeking to enhance productivity and competitiveness, therefore intensifying the need for individuals who can design, implement and maintain these technologies.

Cassidy further advises: “Enterprises should prioritise candidates ready for the industry. They must collaborate with online vocational partners relevant to their specific sector. This will empower organisations to access a versatile blend of digital talent and nurture their workforce effectively.”

Neglecting the skills gap could lead to severe repercussions for businesses and the broader economy, urging organisations to actively seek solutions through flexible upskilling, strategic recruitment, and ongoing career development initiatives.

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