According to the BBC article, bad spelling costs the UK millions of pounds in lost income for internet enterprises.
A study of website data, according to Charles Duncombe, suggests that a single spelling error can reduce online sales by half.
Mr. Duncombe claims that he was “shocked by the poor quality of written English when recruiting employees.”
According to sales numbers, misspellings turn off customers who may be skeptical of a website’s reliability.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) expressed similar worries, with its director of education and skills warning that too many firms had to spend on remedial reading classes for their employees.
The written word
Mr. Duncombe, who manages websites for travel, mobile phones, and apparel, believes that poor spelling is a major issue for the internet economy.
“Often, these cutting-edge enterprises rely on old-fashioned talents,” Mr Duncombe explains.
And he claims that the inability to find enough spellers implies that this sector of the economy is not as efficient as it could be.
According to data released by the Office for National Statistics last month, online sales in the United Kingdom total £527 million every week.
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