The government has decided to find out how clued-up the UK’s workers are on digital matters (and then decide whether it needs to order some more robots, presumably).
Brought in by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Digital Skills and Inclusion Team, private firm Pye Tait Consulting is set to launch an online survey (first question answered automatically: do you know how to get on the internet?) to gauge the public’s knowledge.
The DCMS will use the survey’s findings to help develop policies – such as addressing ‘the digital skills challenge and works to develop the UK’s advanced and specialist digital skills pipeline to meet industry demand’.
If you’d like to take the survey but are worried about being exposed as a digital dunce (like I am) fear not – all the findings will be treated confidentially and reported to DCMS anonymously (so feel free to click ‘no’ if it asks you if you know what a mouse is).
According to the DCMS, the research won’t just cover the digital tech sector – the wider economy such as the worlds of retail and finance will also be invited to boast about their knowledge, or lack of it.
Topics such as whether organisations employ in-house digital specialists or use contractors, the age breakdown of staff and whether remote working is commonplace for those in digital roles will be covered.
The DCMS said: ‘The findings will help DCMS as it develops policy to address the digital skills challenge and works to develop the UK’s advanced and specialist digital skills pipeline to meet industry demand.’
Anyway, here’s the survey.