How investing in digital skills can help the economy recover from COVID-19

Bart van Ark, Professor of Productivity Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School and the Managing Director of the Productivity Institute, looks at how investment in digital skills sets a path to greater productivity post-COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the biggest challenges in policy making – how to protect people's health while avoiding lasting damage to the economy.  

This difficult task is further complicated by the pandemic worsening inequalities in the labour market.

There are many different recovery forecasts, but what is clear is that the pandemic has accelerated the path of digital transformation.

This is changing things in virtually every industry in the economy and now is the time for government, business and individuals to invest in digital skills to help turnaround the UK’s low productivity growth path.

Recorded in September 2020. 


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