Skills shortage ‘poses threat to technology growth’

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The technology industry fears that a skills shortage could stunt its growth, with new figures showing that job vacancies are growing.

The number of unfilled positions in the information and communication technology sector last quarter rose by 24.3 per cent compared with a year ago, according to data from the Office for National Statistics, one of the largest increases of any industry.

The ratio of jobseekers with previous employment in the industry to relevant jobs has dropped below one, meaning that there are more vacancies than people looking to fill them.

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