Future Proofing

UK Technology and Digital Skills

About the campaign

2017 marks six years of working in partnership with Computer Weekly to produce thought provoking content around the key and pressing challenges occurring within the Technology and Digital Space.

We have spoken to tens of thousands of people embedded within the industry over the past six years and this time we wanted to not only pool and analyse this unique data but also put together a plan of action to help combat one of the most pressing challenges facing the UK Economy – the Technology and Digital Skills Gap.

Quite simply there are more jobs being created than there are people with the skills to fill them. Whether you’re a hiring manager, a business owner, an HR professional or a tech worker, in some form this will affect everybody working within the industry. Through our research we have identified methods to take action right now.

It could be creating a formal initiative to cross-train non-tech and digital workers into your company. Maybe it’s placing an emphasis in your business on creating a more diverse workforce. Perhaps its developing a mentoring scheme. As well as actions we also share recommended resources, which can help implement these actions into your business.

On the flip side, if you, a friend or even your child is looking to break into technology and/or digital career, this campaign will help identify some of the key steps you can take.

Everybody has a role to play as we look to close the Technology and Digital Skills gap – so enjoy the intelligence we have put together, start thinking about what you can do right now and let’s take action, together.

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Computer Weekly

Thanks to our partner Computer Weekly who have worked with us on thought leadership content, research and events over the last 7 years.

Computer Weekly provides the latest news and analysis through its website and 200,000-subscriber weekly digital magazine, as well as award-winning and exclusive premium content; a dedicated monthly magazine for European IT leaders; independent research studies; and the CW500 Club’s exclusive networking events for senior IT managers. From being the world’s first weekly IT newspaper in 1966, to today’s multi-platform digital publication, Computer Weekly continues to reach millions of IT decision-makers in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

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Meet the Technology Survey Team

Jenna Hughes-Gage

Jenna Hughes-Gage

Business & Marketing Strategist

With a degree background in Business Management, for the past 4 years, Jenna has been leading and project managing our marketing strategy including our social media profile, survey’s, events and providing consultative services to clients. This year Jenna’s vision saw the potential to continue to innovate and not just ask tech professionals what is happening right now but what the future holds and actions to take for those challenges for the UK tech and digital industry. That vision has come to fruition with a comprehensive campaign that delivers consistent thought leadership, calls to actions and resources.

Robin Beattie

Robin Beattie

Director, Mortimer Spinks

Robin has been with Mortimer Spinks since 2000 and has built a strong network of business leaders. His ability to identify where he and the business can support clients and apply the services they require made him the perfect contributor to the survey’s tech professionals’ and business leaders campaign. Robin connected with our key tech speakers and panellists, demonstrating this years’ campaign to future proof the tech industry, and thus provide the insights, share their challenges and contribute significantly to our project.

Paul Church

Paul Church

Director, Mortimer Spinks

Paul played to his talents in the role of survey research and the tech industry word on the street. Paul has been a recruitment consultant for 10 years working within the contracts market, he has been there through the tough times, has gone beyond the role of recruiter by supporting clients in a more consultative approach, therefore his understanding of the tech professionals journey over the years, plus his passion for the industry’s constant improvement, made him an ideal choice for the campaign planning and presenting the highlights.

Faye Pressly

Faye Pressly

COO, Vanti

Faye is a people-focused business leader who is on a mission to transform how we think about organisational productivity, purpose, profit and people’s happiness so we can move beyond insular focus on shareholder value. As COO for Vanti, one of the UK’s only Master System Integrators with a Smart Building reference site, Faye is currently working with the best and brightest minds to collaboratively imagine and engineer technology solutions that positively change the way people live, learn and work. As Chair of Birmingham’s ‘Women in Tech’ working group, she is a key advocate for encouraging women and girls to enter careers in Technology.

https://www.vanti.co.uk/