North West digital firms lack skilled staff and turn down work

Almost a third of digital businesses in the North West have had to turn down business as a result of a lack of resources.

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Almost a third of digital businesses in the North West have had to turn down business as a result of a lack of resources.

Manchester Digital, the independent trade association for digital business in the North West, has revealed that 32 percent of digital organisations in the region were forced to refuse work in 2013 due to a lack of skills.

This is despite 83 percent of businesses experiencing growth.

The findings are results of the annual Digital Skills Audit commissioned by Manchester Digital, and were announced at the opening of the Digital Skills Festival, which is running at Manchester Town Hall until Friday.

Chair of Manchester Digital Tony Foggett, said: "Every year we carry out a skills audit of digital businesses in the region to help us plan our skills activity for the coming year.

"It enables us to highlight where there are real issues in the industry and means we can work with local and regional government, educators and other relevant bodies to help resolve them."

Other key findings in the audit announced at the event included that developers are still scarce in the North West. Almost half of businesses surveyed (47 percent) have had to inflate salaries to remain competitive in the labour market, with salaries for developers increasing on average by 16 percent.

Manchester Digital also announced its new skills partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, which aims to enhance the training needs of its 450 members.

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