The UK workforce digital skills gap: Why closing it matters and a roadmap for action

Our Digital Skills Roadmap is a major new vision for national action on digital skills in the UK workforce. 

This roadmap details the best next steps for government, business and civil society to ensure everyone has the Essential Digital Skills needed for work.

It is a joint publication with the Digital Skills Council and has been part funded by the Department for Science Innovation and Technology, with support from Deloitte.

New: Roadmap Update and delivery plan

In January 2024, we published an update to the Roadmap, including a breakdown of progress so far and a detailed action plan for 2024.

Read the Roadmap Update.

The Digital Skills Roadmap lays out three clear areas for action:

  • Strategy: It calls for greater co-ordination across government and highlights the urgent need for national strategy on essential workplace skills.
  • Delivery: It calls on all businesses to train people in the Essential Digital Skills needed for work.
  • Culture: It calls for collective action, across government, business and civil society to create a culture change that encourages people to develop essential digital skills.

The Roadmap is the culmination of what FutureDotNow has seen, learnt and done over the past four years, alongside our 200-plus coalition members.

We are now calling on government, business and civil society to come together and use their collective power to accelerate progress on this national issue.

We’d like to thank all the individuals and organisations who have generously given their time and expertise to support the production of the roadmap, and inform and shape our understanding of the Essential Digital Skills challenge. Their experiences are reflected in these recommendations.