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63% of Irish businesses report no digital skills plan

63% of Irish businesses report no digital skills plan

Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2022

A report conducted by digital transformation services firm ActionPoint found that 90% of Irish businesses are between the stages of ‘pre-digital’ to ‘digitally purposeful’ compared to 10% who are ‘digitally optimised’ and ‘digitally strategic’.

ActionPoint’s H2 2021 Digital Transformation Index Report surveyed 248 respondents across a mix of small, mid-size and large Irish companies across eighteen industries including Financial Services, Technology and Manufacturing, and Construction.


Digital agendas

10% of Irish businesses said when it comes to digital maturity they are ‘optimised’ - meaning that they have a digital-led business strategy and are at the peak of their digital transformation journey.

Of the remaining 90% of companies surveyed, over half would be considered “digitally purposeful”, as in they have well-documented IT plans, understand and utilise data and are in a strong position post-covid to strengthen their digital strategy.

In February 2022, the Irish Government launched Harnessing Digital - The Digital Ireland Framework, where ambitious targets were set out for the digitalisation of Irish businesses including the goal to have 90% of SMEs at basic digital intensity by 2030 and 75% enterprise take-up in Cloud, AI and Big Data.

Lack of digital skills plan

It would appear Irish businesses are still lacking in the digital transformation department, with 63% of respondents to ActionPoint’s survey indicating that they do not have a digital skills plan.

The main barriers for companies on their digital journey include the lack of a digital skills plan in place to train employees, lack of investment in Employee Experience (EX) tools and the lack of advanced analytics software.

Go and Grow Online

Statistics like these confirm a need for digital skills programmes like Enterprise Nation’s Go and Grow Online Ireland.

The programme is supported by Vodafone, Microsoft, and Klarna, and businesses who take part in Go and Grow Online have access to the Enterprise Nation platform and the support provided, including access to digital advisers.

It is free to access and offers digital workshops, drop-in sessions, eLearning, and links to specialist digital advisers so small business owners can boost digital skills and confidence.

Topics covered in the programme include how to boost sales through selling online, digital marketing, cloud accounting, cyber security and more.

Enterprise Nation has helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses. Led by founder, Emma Jones CBE, Enterprise Nation connects you to the resources and expertise to help you succeed.

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