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MPs urge civil service to get a grip on digital, data and tech skills


Public Accounts Committee finds some digital skills shortages are “self-inflicted through counter-productive staffing cuts”

Government should end “counterproductive” cuts to digital, tech and data staff as the civil service already employs too few of these professionals, according to a group of MPs.

Official figures show digital, data and technology personnel make up about 4.5 per cent of the civil service. But the equivalent percentage in industry is between 8 and 12 per cent, the Public Accounts Committee pointed out in a report released today.

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