Responding to today's A-Level results, Doniya Soni, Policy Manager for Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK, commented:
“The digital skills gap is one of the most urgent policy issues the UK is facing today, so it is encouraging to see an overall increase in the number of students taking computing this year. The tech sector is the fastest growing, most exciting part of the economy and is creating the industries of the future, so all those celebrating their results today should be looking at how they can be part of that digital revolution.
“It is especially great to see a 34 per cent increase in the number of female students taking computing, up from a 1.3 percent increase last year. However, girls still only make up 10 per cent of those students taking the subject, so far more work needs to be done to encourage young women to look at tech.
“It is also concerning that in total, computing has a lesser uptake than other STEM subjects. Industry and government must work together to demonstrate the plethora of opportunities available to students from computing. We need to ensure young people are thinking about a future career helping develop artificial intelligence, building new satellite technology, protecting us all from global cyber threats, or even just being prepared for jobs of the future as digital skills become a part of every role.”