New graduates looking for their first job in the data industry could struggle to get their foot in the door at many businesses after it has been revealed that most firms put practical skills ahead of academic qualifications in their recruitment process.
Businesses’ widescale adoption of artificial intelligence has sparked fears that the machines could soon render many jobs redundant, however, it seems that most employees are following comedian Catherine Tate’s catchphrase "am I bovvered?"
The drive to get more females into the technology and data industries has received a further boost following the release of this year’s GCSE results, which show that not only has there been a second successive rise in girls choosing computing, they are also embracing other STEM subjects.
The years of hard work encouraging young girls to take up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects - seen as ideal studies for a career as a data professional - appear to be bearing fruit with the number of female students taking A-level sciences overtaking males for the first time ever.
The Government is ramping up its commitment to increasing diversity in the UK tech sector by opening a third round of funding through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund, with training providers able to bid for up to £100,000 to design programmes which retrain a diverse range of individuals for a career in cyber security.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed plans to launch a new fast-track visa to attract professionals with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), insisting he wants the UK to remain a global science superpower.