Experts Warn of ICT Labour Shortage and Loss of Competitive Edge in Europe by 2015

3 March 2010 - Europe is suffering from a chronic shortage of digital skills in all sectors. Recent studies released by empirica and IDC EMEA Government Insights reveals the EU labour market may face an excess demand of 384,000 ICT practitioners by 2015. The German ICT industry association, BITKOM - together with the Europe’s leading digital industry association, DIGITALEUROPE - in cooperation with the social science research and consultancy empirica, presented facts and figures on this important issue at a press conference on March 2, at CeBIT. The press conference provided information on the path forward to a successful economic recovery, which can be led through e-skills and digital industry – a sector which has the capacity to create 400,000 jobs in the next five years. Speakers included Bridget Cosgrave, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE, Werner B. Korte, CEO, empirica GmbH and Dr. Bernhard Rohleder, Director General, BITKOM. “It is of paramount importance to grow our e-skills and digital literacy if Europe wants to move out of economic recession and reduce its unemployment, particularly for young people,” stated Werner B Korte, Director and e-skills research project leader at empirica. “An adequately e-skilled workforce is necessary to drive Europe’s economy forward,” explained Korte. “ICT practitioner jobs are highly resistant to the crisis, with unemployment 40-50% lower than general rates. Data shows the e-skills gap will amount to between 1.7% and 13% of unfilled vacancies by 2015 in Europe.”

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