Despite the best efforts of Government, tech industry bodies and initiatives like the Female Lead and Women in Data, females in the technology industry still earn nearly a fifth less than their male counterparts, suggesting battles for equality rage on but the war is far from won.
Data science and cybersecurity are among the key tenets of a new PhD programme, backed to the tune of £179m, which is part of a UK Government initiative designed to enhance research in key science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields.
Government, business and academia are talking a good game when it comes to tackling the digital skills shortage but now there is a new menace on the market, with a lack of deep learning skills threatening to put the kibosh on widescale adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Public sector organisations have long recognised the potential of cloud services - especially for digital transformation - but are still being held back by a raft of potentially turbulent issues, from a lack of policy and skills to fears over data security and flexibility, according to a new study.
The Government is being urged to ramp up the adoption of technology in schools, for both teachers and pupils alike, on the back of a new study which shows nearly half of all schools have low levels of digital proficiency and are not tapping into the benefits tech can bring to the learning process.
The vast majority of business chiefs around the world are out of touch with what it takes to lead effectively and for their businesses to stay competitive in the digital economy, with reliance on antiquated leadership approaches undermining organisational performance.
The quest to find and recruit data professionals shows no sign of easing in London with new figures showing data roles are growing faster than any other profession, up 92% in the past 12 months alone, despite a year which was dominated by Brexit-related political and economic uncertainty.
Speculation over who will succeed Daniel Craig as the next James Bond may have been rife for months, but back in the real world it seems that 007 is becoming obsolete as MI5 kicks off a major recruitment drive to build an army of data and behavioural scientists to combat terrorist threats.
Artificial intelligence-related courses have emerged as the most popular in the UK this year, with Stanford University’s online machine learning course topping the charts, followed by courses such as AI for Everyone, Introduction to TensorFlow, and Programming for Everybody.