NASHVILLE -- Connected Tennessee has released a new report showing that more than seven of 10 Tennessee businesses (71 percent) say it is "important" or "very important" for potential employees to have digital skills -- while two of five Tennessee businesses (40 percent) say it is "difficult" or "very difficult" to find employees with the necessary technical skills.
The report is titled "Digital Workforce Skills and Tennessee Businesses."
Additional key findings from the report include the following:
* More than three of four unemployed Tennessee Internet users (78 percent) go online to find jobs.
* More than three of 10 Tennessee businesses (31 percent) use the Internet to advertise job openings or accept job applications.
* One in 10 Tennessee businesses needs employees to be able to write software, while one in 12 says new employees need to be able to create mobile applications or "apps."
* Three of 10 Tennessee businesses allow their employees to telework, and nearly as many (29 percen) provide their employees with the tools necessary (such as cell phones, laptop computers or tablets) to work remotely.
"Learning to send or receive email or use the Internet or other basic software programs is a key stepping stone for job-seekers aiming to become gainfully employed in today's increasingly technological society," said Corey Johns, Connected Tennessee Executive Director.
"This new report demonstrates that businesses in Tennessee widely recognize the benefit of using technology to stay competitive, while attracting and retaining skilled employees."
Connected Tennessee is a public-private partnership that joins with technology-minded businesses, government entities, universities and non-profit organizations to improve economic development and enhance quality of life by accelerating Tennessee's technology landscape.
For maps, research or more information about what Connected Tennessee is doing to expand broadband access, adoption and use, visit http://www.connectedtn.org.