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Opinion: UK coding training needs a revamp to solve developer shortage

UK developer shortage

The UK is crying out for more developers. The sheer pace of digital innovation means that software development skills have never been more in demand. Businesses of every shape, size and sector are competing to recruit developers with the skills to drive their rapidly evolving transformations agendas – but there just aren’t enough to go round.

Demand for development skills outstripping supply is not a new phenomenon in the UK. But Covid-19 has created a mismatch on a new scale. As a society, our reliance on technology and expectations for seamless digital experiences have rocketed. Just about every service we consume, often without thinking, is underpinned by software development.

Something as simple as ordering a takeaway has the fingerprints of developers all over it – from ordering through the app, to making payments, to tracking the delivery....