Britain will face a severe deficit of skilled IT workers by 2050 according to research from Randstad Technologies.
The shortfall will apparently be caused by a lack of trained people, an aging workforce and a restrictive migration policy. Overall, the wider workforce will be short by 3.1 million people, translating to nine per cent of requirements.
Despite these bleak figures, the research suggests that the IT sector is actually one that will be hit less hard than others. Education, healthcare and construction will be the worst hit, falling short by 128,000, 61,200 and 66,800 people respectively.
“Our projections for the size of the IT and technology workforce are conservative, yet they paint a very grim picture for the UK’s economic prospects,” said the managing director of Randstad Technologies, Mike Beresford.
“Unless we can plug the employment gap, we’ll be unable to capitalise on the advance and growth we’ve achieved over the last few years and this will have serious consequences for the overall prosperity of the country.”
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