UK schoolchildren rank in the top five in Europe when it comes to showing off their IT prowess, with a quarter of 16 to 24 year-olds having written a computer program.
The proportion of British youngsters with programming skills is higher than those in Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Overall, the UK ranked joint fifth in the programming league table alongside Hungary. The report was released as part of a European-wide e-skills audit, with Finland coming top, where 37 per cent of those aged between 16 and 24 had written a program. The top five was completed by Sweden, Austria and Spain.
But the skills audit also highlighted areas of concern.
The number of university graduates obtaining a computing-related degree dropped from six per cent of all graduates in 2005 to just four per cent in 2009 – the most recently available figures.
The European Commission's Digital Agenda Scorecard 2011 also measured a variety of computer skills across the whole population.
Nearly three-quarters of Britons (72 per cent) have copied or moved a computer file or folder, while just over half (51 per cent) claimed to be able to use basic arithmetic functions in spreadsheets.
The report comes amid growing concern in the UK over the teaching of computing skills.
Earlier this year, the government pledged to revamp the IT curriculum in schools, providing a greater focus on the skills needed by employers.
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