Tech London Advocates (TLA), a coalition of roughly 1,000 influential leaders in government, technology and business, today called on UK universities to produce more highly skilled graduates to support the capital's technology sector.

Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of the 150 Tech London Advocates surveyed described the employability of British computer science graduates as average to poor due to failings in their training.

Tech London Advocates, which counts executives from the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft among its cohort, revealed the positions they find hardest to source are software developers (30 per cent), engineers (12 per cent) and product managers (10 per cent).

In order to overcome the issue, the group believes that the private sector needs to work more closely with universities to raise awareness about job opportunities in technology and identify the skills required by the digital community.

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, said: “Britain has many of the world’s best universities, but we are not generating the required talent to fill the increasing number of tech jobs. Universities need to better prepare graduates for the digital economy and engage with the private sector to ensure they are teaching relevant skills to meet demand.

“Investors and entrepreneurs need to be reassured that London has the talent required to effectively scale tech businesses.”

Katarina Jones, associate director at Startup Institute and a member of the Tech London Advocates group, said: “High growth companies are crying out for digital talent as they scale. The digital environment requires a specific skillset that is currently only being provided by private courses and initiatives. These need to become as widespread as possible to ensure the British workforce can keep pace with tech growth.”

The survey was carried out ahead of the fourth anniversary summit of Tech London Advocates, ‘Learning Curve’, where speakers such as Ed Vaizey, minister for culture and the digital economy, and a range of experts from digital skills institutions such as Decoded, Makers Academy and Codecademy will discuss key strategies for fuelling the growth of digital skills in the UK technology workforce.

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