Nomad Digital is a North East based business, and we compete to attract the best talent to help us innovate and develop products that support customers right around the world. We are not alone in this mission, there are many other great companies here, and across the rest of the United Kingdom, that face the same challenge. Niche and popular technical skills remain the hardest to attract, and the industry needs to find more innovative ways to help develop and expand these skills. But we cannot do this alone, we need to work with schools, colleges, universities, start-ups, other businesses in our community and with Government to find ways to alleviate the pressure on businesses in the UK. The problem is widespread, in all engineering, software, and technically oriented businesses. As businesses also look to improve team diversity, this presents further challenges.
NORTH EAST’S DIGITAL SECTOR WILL BECOME A £2.5BN INDUSTRY
Currently in the North East there are 28,000 employees in the IT & Digital sector and by 2020, it’s estimated that the North East’s Digital sector will become a £2.5bn industry. Great News…Yes, but does this mean the obvious skills shortage will become even more of a problem? With the region’s software and IT industry cluster growing by 30.7% – 2nd highest in the UK only behind London and the five universities here having the highest proportion of students studying STEM subjects in the UK, does this mean we have the opportunity to really change the problem? And what can businesses do to determine and support the curriculum with the skills needed?