At the end of January, e-skills UK released its latest research reports looking at the key trends, opportunities and challenges facing IT and telecoms in the UK. It highlights that fully exploiting technology is the single most important step the UK can take to improve productivity across the economy. The e-skills UK research highlighted that the sector still has significant skills gaps, with employers reporting 70% of staff with skills gaps lacking in technical skills, 30% business skills, and 31% interpersonal skills. The technology sector has always been challenged with the ongoing need to keep skills up to date, given the pace of changing technology and the impact of globalization. In last year's Towards Maturity research, researchers found that learning technologies are still frequently used for deploying IT professional skills. The historic use of technology for learning in this sector has driven some of the changes that people take for granted today.