Strong tech skills can drive UK economic growth, social mobility - study

Tuesday 21 November 2017 | 11:03 CET | News

An increase in technology skills can help boost social mobility and economic growth in the UK, adding GBP 11 billion to GDP by 2022, according to a new report from BT and Accenture

The report examines how people use technology today, as well as their current and future expectations of technology. It is based on data from 4,000 young people (aged 16-24) and 1,000 Gen Xers (aged 41-50). It shows that people with higher levels of technology knowledge could earn up to GBP 10,000 a year more than others as their careers progress. 

However, the report warns that the technology revolution could create a barrier for young, less-privileged people as they enter the workforce without a concerted effort from government, business and civil society. The report also highlights a strong gender divide, with young men 46 percent more likely to be encouraged by friends and family to develop their technology skills than young women, and 17 percent more likely to report having had enough computer science training at schools. 


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