Addressing the Northern digital skills gap

The ‘digital skills crisis’ is never far from the headlines in most digital
economies across the world today. In the UK, companies say they need ‘talent’ more than anything else to help them grow – and they need it yesterday.

At Tech North, we wanted to understand how we might solve our region’s skills challenges, in order to shore up the North’s future.

This report explores a range of ideas for local, regional and national initiatives for action brought forward at the Digital Jobs Action Summit in April 2017.

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The North in numbers...


Demand far outstrips supply...

So what can we do?

It’s not the responsibility of a single organisation – the industry as a whole has to take ownership of the challenge. We’ve outlined a series of recommendations and initiatives including the creation of a regional digital skills network, building a regional digital jobs portal and launching a jobs campaign.

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