New research by Salesforce found business leaders acknowledged the role they play in driving economic growth on a regional basis, with one-quarter (24%) saying the main responsibility for doing so lies with the private sector.
But the data also highlights concerns of a potential shortage of tech skills post-Brexit, with more than half of business leaders believing the UK is at risk of a “tech brain drain”.
Over half (55%) plan to combat this by investing more in developing their own tech talent, with the same number pledging to address the skills gap by re-skilling older generations and 51% intending to do more to upskill people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Investing in skills and technology is crucial for individual businesses. Almost two-thirds (64%) of business leaders said Brexit will make investing in digital skills more important, while a further two thirds (65%) said it will increase the importance of new technology investments.
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Salesforce partnered with Censuswide to poll 2000 consumers and 1000 business leaders on their attitudes towards leadership of the UK economy.
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