With the retail sector's workforce expected to increase to 3.2m in 2020, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has highlighted the importance of up-skilling current employees and taking advantage of the changing landscape, in order to recruit technically skilled staff.
As someone who has taken her business from startup to a global player employing more than 200 people, Sarah Wood is well-placed to tell us what kind of government she would like to come into power.
According to the 2015 Lloyds Bank UK Business Digital Index although 100,000 more SMEs are seeing the benefits of being digitally enabled there are still around 1.2m organisations that lack basic skills such as running a website, using e-commerce, social media or online banking.
According to a recent report by digital support and training group Tech City UK, there are over 47,000 digital technology businesses in the UK, with over 50 per cent of these founded less than five years ago – making up a huge portion of the SME market.
We’re in the middle of a technology revolution. It’s a huge opportunity, and we need to embrace it. Virgin Media Business director Mike Smith explains why.
The Digital Skills Committee has highlighted the impact of changing technology on the labour market and the fact that the country is not addressing its significant digital skills shortage.
As every company and job are considered digital today, there's a responsibility to bridge the divide in UK schools, colleges and universities with a technology ecosystem, preventing the country from stifling potential and failing youngsters.
A government-supported platform has been launched in the hope that it can provide a greater pool of digitally-skilled workers for the UK business community.
The UK’s great talent mismatch is hitting the technology sector particularly hard. While Intellect, the UK’s technology trade association, estimates that around 100,000 people are required to move into the digital sector each year, a worryingly small proportion of candidates has the combination of experience and knowledge that employers seek to drive their business into the future.
Digital skills have become an important skill for prospective employees to offer, but research shows that digital competency is still far from universal.
Britain's small and medium businesses are putting their growth at risk because of a technology 'blind spot', new research has revealed.