Dyson inventor cautions UK Government’s fixation on games, warns of potential skill shortage

Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Sir James Dyson – creator of the Dyson Vacuum – has expressed concern that the rise of gaming’s popularity, and the Government’s recent efforts to support the sector is detracting from traditional manufacturing routes and career paths.

In an interview with Radio Times, Dyson claimed that nine out of ten UK graduates were leaving the UK to work abroad upon finishing their studies and stated that the glamour of the games industry is shifting the focus away from engineering and science vocations. He advised that the UK Government do more to support both field so that Britain could continue to compete on an international level.

It comes as tax relief was finally pledged by the UK Government following years of lobbying and campaign drives from the industry and by its supporters, such as TIGA. Despite the campaign’s positive impact on the gaming sector, Dyson claimed that the Government had now grown obsessed with it.

What’s your view on the issue? Are traditional – and most importantly, vital – manufacturing roles being overlooked as more and more students pursue jobs within gaming? Is there danger of a skills shortage? Let us know what you think below.

Thanks Develop.

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