UK Government Digital Strategy - PwC comments

Published at 14:17 PM on 01 March 2017

Commenting on the government’s digital strategy unveiled today, Jon Andrews, head of technology and investments at PwC, said:

“The government’s digital strategy sets out the challenge but business will be looking for more detail on how we’re going to address it. The commitment to spend £17.3m on robotics and AI research, teach coding to 45,000 children and set up digital hubs – is a useful starting point, but to really help the UK to prosper post-Brexit we need to create the right environment and a flexible regulatory framework so that this vision can translate quickly into world-leading digital innovation by UK organisations.

“To future-proof the UK economy we need to upskill people at every stage of their lives and start it at a much younger age. This should be broader than just digital skills and include helping workers to be creative, adaptive and critical thinkers as our research shows that these are the skills most in demand by UK CEOs as they are less likely to be replaced by robots. This has implications for the education system – in the future knowledge will be easy to get hold of, so we need to focus on make sure that we are teaching young people to be creative and analytical.  

“We need to future-proof our young people for the changes technology will bring at a much earlier age. Our upcoming research with A Level and university students shows that they are unprepared for the impact of automation on their future careers – with only 15% expecting an impact in the next 20 years. The industry, schools, universities and government need to work closer together to ensure that we are creating the building blocks of the UK’s future technology industry at a much earlier age.”

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