'Booming' digital economy offers opportunities for young people

"Digitally savvy" young people will be in great demand to help fuel the booming digital economy over the next few years, according to a new report.

The study by communications company 02 said that up to 750,000 new jobs could be created by the expanding technology market - offering a substantial opportunity for young people.

Ronan Dunne, chief executive of 02 parent firm Telefonica, said: "Now, more than ever before, digital offers the chance to drive sustained economic recovery, but this will only be realised if we become a nation of digitally confident businesses with a digitally literate workforce.

"The onus cannot be on the Government alone. Businesses must proactively seek out opportunities to collaborate to maximise the digital growth opportunity and harness the potential of the next generation.

"As digital natives, young people possess valuable skills that will be the future fuel of our economy, but not enough is being done to harness them."

02 has called on education providers to recognise the importance of digital careers for young people.

A Business Department spokesman said: "In order to achieve strong and lasting growth, we are backing our most innovative businesses and making sure we provide the skills, digital services and new technologies to create jobs and grow the digital economy.

"Our information economy strategy is bringing together academia and business to develop digital skills in a sector which employs over 1.5 million people in the UK."

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