The digital skills gap is costing the UK around £63 million each year, according to the Science and Technology Committee.
A report produced by the House of Commons body has highlighted the need for more to be done to address the need to ensure the country is well placed in the digital economy.
“Digital skills are becoming increasingly essential for getting access to a range of products and services. However, there is a digital divide where up to 12.6 million of the adult UK population lack basic digital skills,” said the report.
“An estimated 5.8 million people have never used the internet at all. This digital skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion per year in lost additional GDP.”
MPs praised the increase in digital apprenticeships and the expanded role of computing in the school curriculum. However, there are concerns that more need to be done to ensure digital skills are developed in a whole host of ways, including the recruitment of more computer science teachers.
Earlier this year, culture secretary and digital economy minister Ed Vaizey confirmed the government’s strategy into digital skills would not be released under after the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.
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