Employees who are equipped with ICT skills earn more money than their less technologically-minded counterparts, new figures have revealed.
According to the Economic Benefits of Digital Inclusion: Building the Evidence report, conducted by UK online centres, a wage premium of between three and ten per cent can be garnered by employees with competent technology skills.
Furthermore, schoolchildren who are taught using digital tools perform better in their GCSEs by an average of a quarter of a grade.
Minister for digital inclusion Paul Murphy stated that more support is needed from public and private sector companies to train individuals who lack adequate ICT skills.
"Technology and the internet are now woven into the fabric of our society. However, we cannot ignore the fact that those who are socially excluded are much less likely to have access to and to benefit from technology," he remarked.
Yesterday, Maggie Berry of womenintechnology.co.uk claimed that there are a variety of opportunities in the technology sector for jobseekers.