We are delighted to announce the release of an exciting new report, which we have produced for the South Central Institute of Technology (SCIoT) to shed some light on the labour market for digital skills in the area.
Created by a consortium led by Milton Keynes College, and including leading brands such as Microsoft, KPMG, McAfee, and Cranfield University, SCIoT was granted a sum of £28 million by the Department of Education to create a digital learning hub with state-of the-art-facilities. Opening in September this year, the thousand students or so who are expected to enrol each year will benefit from an inspiring curriculum based on five pathways: Security; Programming; Data Analytics; Networking and Cloud Infrastructure; and Games and Animation.
The report looks first at the trends in employer demand for digital jobs since March and as we would expect, demand has taken a huge hit over the period. However, with demand beginning to pick up after June, along with the fact that the crisis has forced so many companies to increase their digital presence, it is likely that we are going to see a significant increase in demand for people with digital skills over the coming months and years.
After this look at recent trends, the report then takes a deep dive into the Digital sector. Somewhat counter-intuitively, we find that digital jobs are not just present in the industry, but also across numerous other sectors. The significance of this is that those graduating from SCIoT with a digital qualification are by no means confined in their career choices to jobs within Digital sector, but in fact have many other options.
Finally, we present data on the five pathways being taught at the college, and amongst other things this reveals the sorts of hard skills that are in-demand in jobs related to each pathway, as well as the employers that are looking for people with these skills.
According to Alex Warner, Principal of SCIoT:
“This report, the first of a series of annual reports, provides both benchmarking for the opening of the SCIoT, and a point of comparison as we embark on a journey of supporting the development of local and regional skills, supporting national initiatives. The insights it provides are extremely helpful in terms of helping us understand the nuances of demand for digital skills in the area, particularly as they relate to the five pathways, and we believe it will help us as we seek to become a beacon for the region, investing in people and skills to support regional productivity.”
Emsi’s Managing Director, Andy Durman, said:
“One of my watchwords when speaking to people about the labour market has always been that to be forewarned is to be forearmed, meaning that if we are to respond effectively to changing skills demand in the economy, we first need to understand what is actually happening. If ever a year highlighted this need, it is 2020, which although something of a cliché, really has seen disruption on a scale that none of us has ever experienced before. The insights and analysis of the Digital sector in the report offer a realistic, and ultimately very practical guide to how digital jobs are trending in the area, and how this relates to the career opportunities offered by the pathways available at SCIoT.”
You can download a copy of the report by clicking the image above, and you can also watch a webinar where we discuss the findings (see below).
We can replicate the kinds of insights in the report for different subject areas or educational pathways for any area of the country. To discuss how we can do this for your organisation, contact us now.