The UK Digital Economy Will Need 750,000 Skilled Workers By 2017

New research by O2 claims that UK firms will need 750,000 skilled workers by 2017 to help power our expanding digital economy.

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The onus cannot be on the Government alone. Businesses must proactively seek out opportunities to collaborate to maximise the digital growth opportunity and harness the potential of the next generation,” Ruari Dune, CEO Telefonica UK commented at Campus Party.
“As digital natives, young people possess valuable skills that will be the future fuel of our economy, but not enough is being done to harness them.

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Tor Macleod 12:46

The Return Of The Job For Life?

New research reveals low job turnover might be here to stay.


As part of the Megatrends research project the CIPD have revealed that the number of workers leaving their employer fell two fifths between 1998 and 2012.

This is a trend that seems to have crept up on us. We have been told for a long time to expect the end of the ‘job for life’ and more frequent changes of employers and careers but the data appears to have been moving in the opposite direction.” - Mark Beatson, chief economist at the CIPD 

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Tor Macleod 13:38

UK Employment Increases By 336,000 - Labour Market Infographic

Latest labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show UK employment at 29.71million, 336,000 more than this time last year with 72,000 fewer unemployed.

Our latest Labour Market Infographic gives a snapshot of the UK employed, unemployed and economic inactive population.

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Tor Macleod 08:28

No One Knows What Job Skills We Will Need In The Future

In an interview Michael Gove commented on the Department for Education’s new curriculum guidelines.

“No one knows precisely what skills children will need in the future…but almost every career in every industry sector is being transformed by technology.” - Michael Gove

Read the full interview here >


Future Jobs

Speaking of future jobs, 30 years ago people predicted that technology would change the employment landscape, creating new jobs and new employment skills.

“Thirty years from now, you may be working at a job we can’t even imagine today.”

With self-programming computers there would be no need for computer programmers instead training providers could be running employability courses in space piloting, genetic engineering and robot psychology!

Read more jobs skills predictions from 1982 >

Tor Macleod 12:11

Youth and Low Skilled Hit Hardest By High Unemployment

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released predictions unemployment figures by 2014.

The Employment Outlook 2013 indicates that jobless rates in the 34 OCED countries will only fall slightly over the next 18 months – with around 48 million people out of work by the end of 2014.

Job losses and loss of earnings are concentrated on low skilled and low-income households, with young people facing record unemployment rates in many countries (60% in Greece and 52% in South Africa)

The social scars of the crisis are far from being healed,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the launch of the report.

Many of our countries continue to struggle with high and persistent unemployment, particularly among youth. Therefore, the recent commitment by OECD Ministers to do more to help youth, as set out in the OECD Action Plan for Youth, is an essential tool in our fight against the scourge of joblessness.

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