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UK Firms Face Digital Skills Gap

shutterstock_399952573The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned that there is a divide in the UK economy, with many firms lagging far behind when it comes to digitisation.

Despite the fact that Britain is the world leader in e-commerce and sits in fifth place for availability of technology, it ranks a disappointing 14th for companies adopting digital technology. The CBI and global consulting firm IBM clarify that research indicates that only 55% of companies were adopting cutting edge tech, whilst 45% lag behind. Furthermore, research from Barclays has found that companies are investing an average of £109 per year on digital skills training for each employee, yet 43% of employers still have trouble implementing initiatives to upskill their employees.

The research also highlighted produced some interesting findings which uncovered that there is a perceived advantage of youth when it comes to digital skills. Following this, 45% of employers added that older employees were slower to pick up new tech skills and 59% of those employees claimed that they were concerned about being replaced by younger, more digitally advanced employees.

Also, 27% of bosses added that data security was an issue and was found to be a highly regarded skill in employees. Security of data is becoming a major business risk issue and it is vital that business owners are aware of the risks and what can be done to manage them.

Despite the research, only 19% of businesses surveyed intend to increase their investment in new technology and training over the next five years. In response to this, the CBI has urged firms to appoint a chief digital or technology officer to the senior executive team to promote enhanced awareness, investment and training.

For more information on what procedures can be put in place to digitally protect your business date, please get in touch with our Technologies team on 01254 679131 or email Colin Emmett (colin.emmett@pmm.co.uk).

Microsoft End Support of Windows XP

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It’s been over 12 years since the release of Windows XP and now that support has come to an end businesses using XP may have issues with reliability and performance. Whilst most Microsoft software has a lifespan of 10 years, Microsoft increased support for a further 2 years due to the popularity of the software.

Microsoft, along with their partners, will now turn their focus on the likes of Windows 8 and the soon to be released Windows 10. If your business is currently operating XP you may experience some problems with the newer accountancy and payroll software updates from Sage. Other software programmes may also be affected and your computer will be vulnerable to viruses, spyware, and other harmful software that could steal or corrupt data, potentially causing your business a more costly problem in the future.

It’s important to be aware that if your business continues to operate on Windows XP, you are risking company data and your systems will be vulnerable to viruses.

For more information on what to do next if you are using Windows XP click the help sheet button below, or if you would like some advice, please call 01254 682248 to speak to a member of our Technologies team.

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