How can we address the war for talent in data, digital, technology and cyber security to ensure Defence has the skills it needs for the future?
The tech industry accounts for 5.5% of the UK economy; an estimated £82.7bn and, by the government’s own estimates, it could bring an additional £41.5bn to the economy by 2025. Like the National economy, Defence will not fulfil its potential, and deliver its purpose, unless we can leverage the power of data and digital systems-of-systems. Many initiatives have already started, such as the Digital Skills passport, but they are dotted around Defence and lack ambition. They must be connected and scaled – the panel will consider how this can be achieved. Defence must address both specialists and generalists, make the most of our existing talent, and attract more people from communities who might not previously have thought about a career in Defence and Security, attracted by our uniquely exciting mission and the offer of unparalleled training.