The implications of the changing nature of Information and Communications Technology on UK competiveness
ICT is undergoing profound
changes which – unless acknowledged, analysed and
addressed – present significant risks to the future
competitiveness of UK business and the national
economy. Factors include globalisation, off-shoring,
protectionism, impatient capital, changing skill
requirements and growing business dependency.
Accordingly, The Academy
undertook a study with
the following terms of reference:
importance of the ICT base for the UK economy;
examine the present and projected state of UK ICT-related
business activity in a global context;
potential ways and means for improvement; and
policy and other recommendations.
The study group was chaired by John Trewby CB FREng, comprised Fellows
and non-Fellows from Business, Government,
Institutions and Universities. It sought
evidence-informed views, using conventional
information gathering methods and YouTube. Topics
included the UK’s strength and level of exploitation
of ICT, user and academic attention to sustaining
the skill base, and the urgency and nature of
responses to possible threats.
Evidence was being collected
on the core questions of the study.