What jobs most require digital skills?

A new analysis shows which sectors are most likely to require digital skills in their job specs.


Jobs in information and communications are the most likely to require candidates to have specific digital skills, according to an analysis.

The Knowledge Academy analysed the latest findings from Gov.uk’s study of over eight million job adverts to discover the UK industries that most and least require job applicants to have specific levels of digital competence, such as the ability to use certain technical tools and software programmes.

It found that 79% of roles in information and communications required specific digital skills; 69% of roles in manufacturing desired specific digital competencies from prospective applicants as did 66% of openings in the finance and insurance sector.

At the other end of the scale, positions in human health and social work (16%) least required candidates to have definitive digital proficiencies. And only 21% of roles in education needed applicants to have specific digital capabilities.

Additionally, The Knowledge Academy surveyed 562 UK employees (who plan to change their job this year) to find out the mains barriers preventing them from developing their existing digital skills as well as learning new digital skills to significantly boost their career prospects. Seventy-two per cent said a ‘lack of time’ is preventing them from learning/developing valuable digital skills.

Joseph Scott, a spokesperson from the TheKnowledgeAcademy.com, said: “It’s that time of the year where individuals are contemplating their careers and wondering if their job is giving them enough fulfilment. Those who conclude that they are unhappy in their current position, will undoubtedly search for new opportunities. Given that most industries have now been revolutionised by technology, companies need employees who can comfortably use different digital tools, programmes and software to drive business performance as well as achieve set objectives. Those entering the job market need to be aware of this, as this research clearly shows that certain industries are more demanding of particular digital skills than others”.

Other barries include: ‘Not knowing where to start’ (67%), ‘feeling too lazy/tired’ (64%), ‘fear of failing’ (59%), ‘believing learning resources/courses will be too expensive’ (51%), ‘believing relevant learning resources/courses will be too hard to find’ (45%) and ‘feeling too old to learn new skills/digital skills’ (23%).

The Knowledge Academy suggests honing your search by looking at the specific digital skills on the job specification of the roles you are interested in; searching for courses/podcasts/videos/websites/books which provide detailed and concise information/guidance/learning materials/interactive exercises on desired digital skills; and scheduling time for revision/practice, not being overly ambitious with hours and choosing days where you are more likely to be relaxed (i.e. weekends).


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