At the same time as many Europeans struggle to find work, technology companies face a critical shortfall in ICT workers. Whilst the ICT sector is growing rapidly and creating about 120,000 new jobs each year, employers are unable to find job seekers with the right ICT competencies across the labour market. Europe might face a shortage of up to 825,000 skilled ICT workers by 2020, risking growth and digital competitiveness. Additionally, students entering the job market and unemployed are often unaware of the immense range of ICT jobs available across sectors and of the possibilities for training and re-skilling offered around Europe.
This eSkills for Jobs - EIF dinner brought together a variety of stakeholders who presented and discussed relevant initiatives by the EC and industry that target the ICT skills gap, as well as identify good practices, challenges ahead and policy recommendations.