Competency in ICT is an important skill that jobseekers should possess, it has been claimed.
A joint statement from communications manager for UK Online Centres Abigail Stevens and director for adults and lifelong learning at the Learning and Skills Council Jon Gamble has urged job hunters to brush up on their ICT skills.
Jobseekers will find they are "digitally excluded" if they cannot use a computer, the duo said.
"A lack of basic computing skills and access to ICT can be a barrier to employment for a number of reasons, not least because more than 80 per cent of jobs now require ICT skills," they remarked.
The pair added that many vacancies are advertised on the internet and employers are increasingly requesting jobseekers to complete online application forms.
According to a poll by ICM, one in five Britons struggle to open an email or word document and 16 per cent are unable to use a search engine.