Government must address digital capability gap, NAO head says


The UK government needs to add 2,800 additional IT specialists to its ranks in the next five years, the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

The warning from Amyas Morse was presented to decision-makers at the Institute for Government in a speech that also called for the implementation of major products to be rolled back given the extra workload expected due to Brexit moves.


Digital change

Morse said: “Government needs to find around 2,800 staff with the digital skills to undertake its digital change projects over the next five years. If government managed to employ all of the digital specialists required as permanent civil servants, it would cost £213m to fill the gap. And it would be roughly double that in contract labour.

“When it comes to skills, today’s civil service needs people who can carry out highly technical projects with large digital and behaviour change components. At the moment there is a digital capability gap that must be addressed.”

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