New research from professional services firm FDM Group has found that 65% of businesses see a digital skills shortfall as one of the most pressing issues they are facing in 2021.
A poll of 200 business decision-makers in large and medium sized companies was conducted to find out attitudes on hiring and improving IT and digital skills this year.
77% of decision makers polled admitted they already have plans to increase their digital skills training budgets in 2021, in order to support continued remote working. As well as this, 70% also plan to support their teams with refresher tech and IT training to help improve their skills throughout the year.
Alongside upskilling teams, 68% agreed they are going to increase their IT teams to support remote working, which seems to be a good investment as 47% said they have no plans to return to the office until 2022.
Rod Flavell, CEO for FDM Group, comments: “The Covid-19 outbreak has wreaked havoc for businesses, with millions of workers missing out on vital digital skills development due to furlough and remote working constraints. With the added pressure of strict lockdown measures forcing many people to juggle childcare alongside their day job, companies need to move quickly to increase digital skills provision as a matter of urgency.
With remote working now a key part of our daily lives, the need for every employee to be digitally adept, computer literate and cyber safer should be top of the boardroom agenda. That’s why business should seek to hire in the latest IT talent, to boost technology skills within the workforce and help aid a speedy recovery in increasingly challenging times.”