Microsoft believes that it could create 1.5 million technology jobs in the UK over the next half decade. It is reported that these jobs will help the country to build an expansive technology industry in the coming years, in addition to 300,000 jobs anticipated in the industry.
Other global corporations like KPMG, Unilever and the Department of Work and Pensions are already supporting the campaign on a huge level. With that, Microsoft is urging other companies to join the initiative which can also help to firm up the economy.
Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK, told the media at a Microsoft’s Envision UK, “The shape of the UK economy and its workforce is changing; a change only accelerated by the rapid move to digital working in the wake of the disruption we’ve seen this year. With hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs and some traditional sectors heavily impacted, we urgently need to invest in UK technical skills and capability to help realise our competitive potential. We want to help people get the right skills to thrive in technology careers, and employers find the right talent to help drive business success and UK prosperity. Together we can build a future based on long-term sustainable growth.”
The country is facing several challenges as a result of the pandemic. It is now establishing global trading relationships and is accelerating its digitisation to enhance competitiveness. This competitiveness will be underpinned by increasing technology careers and developing new talent within the industry.