The UK is facing a digital skills crisis according to a report released by Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee.
The group of MPs made the statement after research showed that 12.6million adults lack basic digital skills , with 5.8million having never used the internet.
Only 35% of computer teachers in schools have a relevant degree and 30% of the required number of computer science teachers have not been recruited.
And with 13% of computer graduates unemployed six months after leaving university, it is thought the skills gap is costing the economy £63billion a year in lost GDP.
Science and Technology Committee chairman Nicola Blackwood said: “The UK leads Europe on tech, but we need to take concerted action to avoid falling behind. We need to make sure tomorrow’s workforce is leaving school or university with the digital skills that employers need.
“The Government deserves credit for action taken so far but it needs to go much further and faster. We need action on visas, vocational training and putting digital skills at the heart of modern apprenticeships.”
It was claimed that the UK would need another 745,000 workers with digital skills by 2017.
The committee also questioned why the Government had not produced its long-awaited digital strategy.
Nicola said: “The Government’s long-delayed Digital Strategy must now be published without delay, and it must deliver.
“The Government has introduce a range of measures to help, particularly by expanding the scale of the apprenticeship programme and introducing a new computer curriculum in schools, but it needs urgently to present a vision and coherent strategy that brings these together.”
Options put forward by the committee included making digital skills a core part of all apprenticeships and industry-led digital careers advice in universities.