While we anticipate the working world is going to change markedly over the course of the next decade thanks to the growth in the numbers of millennials in the workforce, an ageing population, and changes in the physical environment such as remote employment, we fully expect the future will, in many aspects, be shaped by digital transformation – the introduction of digital technologies to all areas of a business.
In this article, we want to delve into digital transformation in the UK but first, take a look at how they’re changing the global landscape.
Governments around the globe are witnessing the rapid overhaul of their technological systems, so much so that Seoul and Toronto are proposing an entire revamp of their systems from analogue to digital alternatives.
Interestingly, a report by Deloitte involving 12,000 government officials from 70 countries on digital transformation detailed that when asked “to what extent do you perceive digital technologies are disrupting the public sector” only 16 per cent suggested “not at all”. Furthermore, when asked “how much their domain area had been impacted by digital trends, 37 per cent responded, “to a great extent” with a further 39 responding “to a moderate extent.”
Perhaps most worryingly, when looking at things from a global perspective, is the fact that when asked whether they are confident about their organisation’s readiness to respond to digital trends only 4% strongly agreed.
If we rewind to June 2021, City AM reported that over 65% of UK companies planned to increase their spend on new technologies – with 54% of businesses suggesting that the adoption of said technologies helped them successfully overcome the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. For 62% of businesses, meanwhile, investment into new technologies was anticipated by June 2022 at the latest.
Experts predict that investment in digital technologies could increase the UK’s GDP by 7%, equating to an additional £232 billion boost to the economy by 2040. “Digital processes in the public sector will create efficiency gains and cost savings of £75 billion” notes a report by the Centre for Economic and Business Research & Virgin Media Business.
At present, businesses which are already spending on digital are doing so in three key areas: hybrid working policies, digital delivery of services, and the adoption of data analytics and machine learning.
Incredibly, the ability to work from home could see an additional 3.8 million people enter the workforce suggests Virgin report. This figure includes 1.2 million parents, 1.5 million disabled individuals, 500,000 with caring responsibilities, and 600,000 who are currently out of work.
This is just one example of the immense possibilities offered by digital transformation – ultimately revamping businesses, employee satisfaction, and potentially reducing unemployment.
To find out more about what digital transformation looks like throughout the United Kingdom, we’ve delved into Google Searches in 20 of the UK’s biggest cities over the last three months of 2021 looking at terms related to ‘digital transformation’.
In order to give a better understanding of what these numbers mean, we’ve analysed them in comparison with the total number of businesses in each city to give an accurate figure of the total number of searches per 1,000 businesses.
The numbers in the analysis make for interesting reading, particularly when you consider that London was labelled the ‘digital capital of Europe’ in 2021, with the UK housing 100 tech unicorns(businesses valued at more than $1 billion), of which 60 are located in London.