The Digital Skills Shortage and How it Can Benefit you.

It has become more apparent to employers across the UK, as we start to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, how prominent this digital skills shortage truly is. The lack of digital literacy within the workforce has become a statistic that can no longer be brushed aside, research from websites like Youth Employment UK has found that 68% of employers were unable to find candidates suitable for their roles. And it does not seem like it will improve very any time soon.

The Learning & Work Institute saying that the number of young people taking IT subjects at GCSE has dropped 40% since 2015. With a significant amount of candidates no longer possessing the skills necessary to fulfill the roles required by companies, some are choosing to hire at a lower level than they initially wanted – opting to instead train as opposed to hoping the right candidate becomes available.

This crippling shortage of digitally skilled workers has left a multitude of vacancies in its wake with few who can fill the roles. Though, this skill shortage does benefit individuals with these skills as they become more sought after by employers, the average salary for a programmer now being £57,500. When a candidate with the in-demand skillset is identified, they can take advantage of the strong position they are in – employers have been driven to spend an extra £2.16 billion on their salaries.

While some companies may be open to taking on a candidate that has minimal experience with digital skills to train them, it’s time-consuming. The idea of switching careers to something you may not have much experience in does seem a little daunting, rejection and failure a continuous looming cloud over your head but it isn’t as bad as you might think it is. You are in the same position as many others just like you – wanting to take the leap but hesitant. There is no need to hold any reservations about following your dream job, even if you currently lack the training, there is an abundance of free and informative courses. With a wide range to choose from and each unique to themselves, you can learn a variety of skills: making websites, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, etc.

If this has interested you in any capacity, then you should check out this list of courses complied by Google. There are a range of courses covering everything from html to Python, so whether you are a beginner or more advanced, there's no reason not to take a look.

Mark previously worked as a teacher before entering the world of recruitment: he has a great knowledge and interest for all things science and technology: Mark is extremely passionate about identify great talent that can help drive the sectors forward. ​ Keen to dispel the common view of recruiters as distant individuals who are focused on quick wins only, he is keen to ensure that every candidate experiences a personal, supportive and positive relationship with The Recruitment Geeks. ​ Mark is not afraid to challenge commonly held views and will robustly advocate for you as a candidate; he will always work with your best interests at the centre of what he does.

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