STARTup Live Athens #1 – November 4 – 6, 2011

In short, people from different backgrounds come together to present ideas, listen to new thoughts, work their asses off and get to know each other. This is steroids for your idea. Pitch, form your team, work, get feedback from startups, experts and mentors, present what you have achieved in front of about 150 people including experts from all over Europe. The process is accompanied by coaches, business angels, start-up entrepreneurs and all other participants. You get to know all these people in an informal way, usually standing there with a beer in hand hooking up with your future investors or mentors.
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Qualification mismatch across OECD countries: over-qualified or under-skilled?

Some of the main conclusions of a working paper published in the OECD Employment Outlook 2011 « Right for the Job: over-qualified or under-skilled? » show that:

-Only about 40% of over-qualified workers report feeling mismatched based on their skills and the relationship between under-qualification and under-skilling is even weaker.

-Qualification mismatch and skill mismatch affect wages, job satisfaction and incentives to engage in on-the-job search (i.e. looking for a job while working).

-Policy intervention may be warranted to address a number of issues such as: the mis-investment in education implicit in large numbers of youth leaving school without the skills that employers require; the costs incurred by firms to sort candidates into jobs when qualifications provide bad signals for skills; and the difficulties faced by some specific groups such as job losers and immigrants.

– Policy interventions designed to reduce mismatches require the co-operation of the many different actors involved in generating jobs, imparting and acquiring skills and bringing jobs and workers together: employers, educators, individual workers, central and local governments, public employment services and the social partners.

The paper has been prepared in the context of the New Skills for New Jobs project funded by the European Commission.

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Community manager´s role and evaluation

Jobzine, a French blog about jobs in the web 2.0 era has published 2 interesting articles about the online community manager.
The first article gives advice to measure the impact of the community manager and how the success of a community management project can be improved. (More)
The second article analyses the different roles a community manager has in a company. (More)

Number of people unemployed for over a year continues to rise

According to the OECD’s latest Employment Outlook the proportion of jobseekers who have been out of work for over a year increased from 24.2% to 32.4% between 2009 and 2010.
In Europe, Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom are among the worst hit, with the proportion of long-term unemployed rising between 2009 and 2010 from 30.2 to 45.1% in Spain, 29 to 49% in Ireland and 24.5% to 32.6% in the United Kingdom. In the major OECD economies, long-term unemployment has fallen only in Germany.

The document also points out that helping young people must be a priority. In the first quarter of 2011, the unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 24 was 17.4 per cent in the OECD area, compared with 7 per cent for adults aged 25 and over. Targeting youth will reduce the risk of young people falling into long-term unemployment and losing touch with the job market.

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CEPIS report identifies « e-Competences of European IT Professionals”

A new report published by The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) examines the e-competences of 2000 IT professionals from 28 countries across Europe. The purpose of this research is to produce and assess an up-to-date picture of the actual digital competences of IT professionals across Europe today, using profiles recognised by the labour market and analysing them based on the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF).
Some of the key findings of the report show that only 21% of professionals had the e-competences to match their declared profile. While IT Manager is the most declared job profile, only 8% of those who exercise the function appear to have all e-competences required for the function.

Based on its research CEPIS puts forward the following conclusions and key recommendations:

1. The young talent that Europe needs is lacking – promoting the IT profession among young people is essential.

2. Continuous Professional Development needs to play a greater role and should be targeted to existing and anticipated e-competence gaps.

3. Career paths with defined training and education requirements are needed.

4. All countries urgently need to address the gender imbalance

5. The e-CF should be applied as a pan-European reference tool to categorise competences and identify competence gaps.

Download “Professional e-Competence in Europe; Identifying the e-Competences of European IT Professionals”

Increasing the demand of Internet-related professionals in Spain

Since March 2010, the demand of Internet-related professionals is continuously increasing in Spain while demand in the rest of the market is going down.

Most of the Spanish job demand is concentrated in one of the following 5 categories: Informatics and ICT, Communication and marketing, design and graphics arts, commercial and sales, and customer services (for example, through social networks such as Facebook or twitter)

Thanks to this tendency new jobs are being created such as:

Community manager – Chief social media officer – Professional Blogger – Digital Marketing Manager- SEO Manager – Web 2.0 programmer – Web usability specialist – Web Auditor – Web Analyst – 3D developer – Mobile technologies developer – Coolhunter- Virtual tutor.

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You may participate in the definition of new e-jobs profiles and provide comments through the e-Jobs Observatory: e-Jobs descriptions