Digital skills shortage: pure economics?

At Chinwag we’ve been chatting about the skills shortage in digital for some time. We did a survey on the topic too at the end of 2007 to find out exactly how digital was faring. The results were quite worrying.

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The first 88 days of Digital Pulse

88 days ago, Chinwag launched the Digital Pulse, a confidence index for the digital industry.

Why did we do it? What's happened so far?

Early days...

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Digital industries’ workforce withstand economic jitters

Ever wondered how people really feel about their careers and futures in the digital industries? Amid the buffeting winds of economic turbulence, are we blasé or nervous, excited or fearful? Now you can find out - and add your own sentiments to the big picture equation.

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Digital workforce upbeat as new media shrugs off economic insecurities

The UK’s digital media industries remain upbeat, with sustained confidence in employment opportunities and optimism about current market conditions, according to a new survey released today, 19th May 2008, by digital media community network Chinwag. (


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Digital Pulse Analysis March 2008



Digital Pulse is a confidence index for the digital industry. It is designed to find out how industry professionals are feeling, how they perceive the current business climate, salary conditions and their views on what it’ll be like in 6 months time.

Each month, Chinwag will poll its community, made up of practitioners working across the digital industries, to create a barometer of attitudes and confidence.

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Finding & Attracting Talent - part 2

We've been so busy here interviewing that I forgot to post this weeks ago! Anyway, here goes part 2 of finding & attracting talent ...

Once you think you have the ideal CV, the most common next step is the interview.

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SXSW Interactive 08 panel - The 10 Commandments of Nice

On 9th March I swung by the session hosted by the Preloaded guys. Ten Commandments? The sheer (tongue-in) cheek of it intrigued me...

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Dotbomb talent purge casts a long shadow

2004-2008 A Partial Potted (UK) Web Media History:

Code orange alert: 2004. Sector has stabilised. Huge relief. Optimism. Hiring people. 2005. Excitement. Clients pupils are dilating... Upswing! Much client business incoming. Broadband upsurge. Money flooding into interactive advertising.

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Finding & Attracting Talent

As I mentioned before, talent is very hard to find these days and getting harder.  You may be looking for months for that perfect candidate so what do you do to ensure that you find it and then you attract and engage it? 

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Talent Shortages Blight Digital Sector

After lots of conversations with candidates and employers using Chinwag Jobs during 2007, it appeared that a dearth of high calibre candidates was causing headaches to many companies across the digital media sector. To get a fuller picture of the situation, the Chinwag Jobs Digital Skills Survey 2007 was undertaken in December 2007 and with over 200 respondents, a clearer view emerged.

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Chinwag Jobs Digital Skills Survey 2007 Report Download

Thanks for the information.

Please use this link to download the PDF version of the Chinwag Jobs Chinwag Jobs Digital Skills  Survey 2007 Report. It's approx. 2.5Mb.

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Chinwag Live: Skills Emergency

As the skills shortage worsens, what can we do to ensure the UK remains a global hub for digital media? Chinwag Live brings together intiatives and ideas in an open panel and community debate...

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Date: 29 January 2008
Location: The Slug & Lettuce (Downstairs), UK