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Buckinghamshire Growth Sector: Digital Technology

Digital Technology
The UK is home to more ‘unicorns’ (£1 billion tech start-ups) than France and Germany combined.

When was the last time you went 24 hours without using your phone? We can’t remember either, which saves us the job of convincing you that Digital Technology is a growth sector (an area of commercial business developing at a greater pace than others in the county). You might, however, be less aware of just how urgent the UK's demand for tech specialists is. Spoiler alert: 678,000 are needed by 2025!

Let’s find out how you can be part of the solution.

What?

Digital technology refers to electronic devices, systems and resources that help create, store and manage data, as well as the businesses that employ them as their main revenue source. From Cyber Security Technician and Data Analyst to Software Tester and App Developer, get the lowdown on the people behind the screens here.

Why?

With three million digital tech jobs in the UK and – here’s that crazy stat again – another 678,000 needed by 2025, the current talent pool is not meeting the demand for tech specialists. Moreover, a lack of digital skills in the current workforce costs the UK economy around £63 billion annually, whilst businesses that adopt digital solutions are up to 25% more productive. Truly, there has never been a better time to step into the industry.

Where?

Buckinghamshire is home to over 3,000 Digital Tech businesses, including Softcat, Xerox, McAfee, Telecom, SAS and Citrix, who all together employ more than 11,000 people. However, you don’t need to be a self-confessed computer nerd to get involved – tech skills are in demand in every area of the economy, including the NHS which is undoing a digital transformation.

How?

If you’re an analytical thinker with brilliant problem-solving skills and an eye for detail, all that’s missing is relevant T-Levels, an apprenticeship certificate or university degree. Good luck!

Feeling inspired? Check out the Sectors area of our website for an in-depth look at roles in the Creative Industries.

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