Workers in Scotland have some of the best digital skills in the UK, finds Barclays
Employees in Scotland have some of the best digital skills in the UK.
That’s according to new research from Barclays, which says such employees are currently meeting the digital skills demand of the nation’s employers.
The Barclays Digital Development Index 2017, which analysed 88,000 UK job adverts and 6,000 adults, found that Scotland ranks 4th overall for digital skills – following London, Northern Ireland and North West England.
The bank says that, with three in five (60%) Scots boasting ‘above-basic’ digital skills, it seems demand (59%) from employers is being met.
Scots topped the UK poll for ‘solving problems’ – scoring 6.70 out of 10 in The Index (0.22 above the UK average). But even though Scotland is above the UK average for five out of six of the digital skills categories, the region is below the UK average for ‘content creation and coding’ skills (3.42 vs UK average of 3.44).
Barcays says that when comparing cities, it’s no surprise that Edinburgh – which has long been considered as Scotland’s digital hub – is significantly outperforming the ‘friendly’ city (Glasgow). The capital scored 5.90 out of 10 for digital skills and 6.25 out of 10 for digital safety (versus Glasgow’s scores of 5.51 and 6.05).
It claims that if workers are willing to up-skill and become digital ‘experts’, they could earn more money as Scottish employers will pay a premium of £9,029 a year for digital skills that include programming and software design.
Earnings boosts of more than £7,000 a year are also up for grabs for those with graphic design, data and 3D modelling skills – a significantly higher premium than the UK average (£3,000 a year), demonstrating Scotland’s demand for graphic design, data and 3D modelling skills.
Scotland scores in the top four of all UK regions in an assessment of nationwide digital skills
60% of Scots have ‘above-basic’ digital skills, meeting current demand from employers
Scottish digital workers have the best problem solving skills in the UK
Edinburgh performing better than Glasgow for digital skills and safety
Scottish workers with ‘expert’ digital skills can earn £9,029 more a year