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February 18, 2019  8:34 AM

Fit for whose purpose? Submit your views on the Initial National Cybersecurity Skills Strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I re-read the “Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy: increasing the UK’s Cyber Security Capability” after attending the...

February 1, 2019  12:55 PM

Digital Britain Needs You

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BT has


September 5, 2018  3:00 PM

Education and training to help build the future, not just preserve the past

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Unless you understand the past you cannot make sense of the present let alone make sensible preparations for an uncertain future. Unfortunately most discussion on education and training policy is based on mythology about the past, systemically flawed measures of success/failure with regard to the...


August 25, 2018  1:05 PM

Does freedom of movement discourage skills development and depress wages?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I recently looked at the Hays Index for 2017 to put the UK skills situation into international context. I strongly recommend reading the  report on "Regional dynamics of...

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April 29, 2018  4:36 PM

No2ID and the Empire Windrush

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The "scandal" concerning the "Windrush Generation" appears to be collateral damage from the failure to agree coherent policies for sharing public sector identities and personal information after the collapse of proposals for identity cards. The Home Office may have destroyed the landing cards for...


March 2, 2018  9:42 PM

Read the PMs Brexit speech – for why the BBC is so anti-Brexit

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The difference between the wording in the BBC news coverage of the Prime Minister's Speech , which lists "Mutual recognition of broadcasting rules to allow UK channels to continue to be seen in Europe"  and the wording in the full text...


February 28, 2018  7:04 PM

Who should the BBC “reflect, represent and serve”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Ofcom has just asked for inputs on the terms of reference for a "Thematic review of representation and portrayal on the BBC". It looks innocuous and slightly odd in an Internet...


December 18, 2017  12:29 PM

Who speaks for digital employers on their skills needs?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

In September it was announced that the UK’s main digital skills partnership, the Tech Partnership, will cease operations next year because central government had decided it wished to deal direct with employers instead...


May 27, 2017  6:45 PM

BA systems collapse after offshoring adds context to “freedom of movement”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The collapse of the systems which British Airways outsourced to India after making a thousand or so UK IT staff redundant helps put the debate over freedom of movement into context.


May 17, 2017  6:32 PM

Royal Mail plans to recapture Internet Delivery from White Van Man?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I am delighted to report progress since I blogged on Royal Mail's failure to organise local collection points to replace sorting offices it was planning to close.  I have received an...


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