The UK will require 2.3 million digital workers to fuel its digital economy by 2020, according to new research from O2.
The research, conducted by Development Economics, indicates that the UK has some way to go before it realises its digital potential, said the telecoms provider.
It estimates that 766,000 digital jobs will be created over the next five years – nearly half of which will be in London or the south-east.
"It's promising to see so many jobs will be required to fulfil the UK's digital potential," O2 business director, Ben Dowd, said.
"But we can't get complacent – these figures highlight that the economy is nowhere near digital maturity and – worryingly – the opportunities that are being created, are predominantly in the south."
With only 8% of digital jobs predicted to surface in the north-west and east of England, O2 has launched a partnership with St Helens Council, Merseyside, "to show other communities what's possible when they put connectivity at their heart".
The initiative will see O2 help local businesses to implement digital and encourage St Helen's Council to digitise more of its services.
O2 aims to create a "blueprint" to allow other areas in the country to showcase the benefits of connectivity, said Dowd - thus encouraging other counties to do the same, so "the entire nation can feel the benefits of the UK's growing digital economy".
O2 will also carry out "digital makeovers" for businesses, promising to give at least ten firms free consultations on how to use technology for growth.
Barrie Grunewald, St. Helens Council Leader, added: "This is a tremendously exciting project that will hopefully whet the appetite for greater involvement with technology among our young people, older people, businesses, agencies, and other institutions."