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How to overcome the digital skills gap – to hire or upskill?

Posted March 21, 2024

Have you noticed a shift in the UK employment market? In fact, Indeed has recently reported that while the labour market has somewhat softened, with plans to hire muted, employer intentions to shed staff have remained limited.

No wonder, given the cost of hiring new staff, the demands for hybrid/remote working, and the ever-increasing wage demands.

Employers want to keep their people and so, we are seeing the focus of many companies shifting to the upskilling of existing resources, rather than hiring in new staff.

But with lack of new talent coming into organisations, could this cause a digital skills gap, particularly in the UK cleared sector? Based on the demand signals we are seeing for digital transformation from some key government departments, I suspect the answer to this is yes. We could even see a new talent bubble emerging as 2024 progresses.

While there is no silver bullet to solving the UK skills challenge, Sanderson’s Government & Defence team can help.

We firmly believe in our operations solutions and leaning in to multiple talent sources across the UK market, ensuring that your solution is not only a partnered one, but is resilient to the ever evolving and changing skills market.

If you’re reading this blog and have found yourself facing similar challenges with your talent, or are worried about finding yourself lacking the digital skills you need, get in touch today. We can help you solve the problem.