Do publishers have the skills they need to thrive in the digital age?
In 2010, 28% of publishers reported skills gaps in their current workforce; with 64% of those reporting gaps in sales and marketing; 50% in technical skills; 46% for software; and 38% in business and entrepreneurial skills.
These findings – drawn from Skillset’s recently published Sector Skills Assessment – highlight an increasing deficit in the skills required to develop new product cross-media and cross-platform.
Skillset brought together a panel of industry experts from publishing, TV, film and computer games including: Zoë Collins (Fresh One Productions); Ben Grass (Pure Grass Films); Nicholas Lovell (author, consultant, web entrepreneur and editor of GAMESbrief); Alison Young (Pearson) at the London Book Fair to debate the issue and understand what can be learnt from other industries. Can we fill the skills gap and avoid a ‘Talent Time Bomb’?
Read the full story at skillset.org
[Image courtesy of Lauren Nicoll]