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Ignore the IT skills gap at your peril

Over two thirds (66%) of UK employees have had no training or professional development since January 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many companies to change how they do business and growing awareness of the UK digital skills gap.

According to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ annual Mind the Skills Gap report, 65% of SMEs in the UK report that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted skills gaps within their organisation. Among this group, nearly 95% believe that these are significant enough to hamper their organisation’s future growth and success.

The most common gaps are in digital skills (42%), such as e-commerce, coding, data analytics, cybersecurity and cloud computing; health and safety (37%); and people management and leadership skills (33%).

CIMA warns the situation could be made worse with the end of the Brexit transition period when employers lose access to the EU-wide talent pool.

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