FOM hosts German roundtable in Munich, May 16

The German roundtable will take place Wednesday, May 16 in the FOM study centre (Neue Hopfenpost, Arnulfstr. 30) in Munich.

In the course of the meeting, Dr. Ed Mahood (DEKRA Akademie) will not only present the PIN project and the e-Jobs Observatory, but also the processes to receive the e Jobs label and the certification of ones training. Michael Negri (FOM) will also give an insight into the existing network and the partners involved in the initiative. Subsequently, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate the labelisation and certification process and help the consortium to improve on this aspect.

The event will be hosted by the FOM as is open for everyone interested in internet-related jobs. Please note that the meeting will be in German.

If you want to attend the roundtable to discuss, interact and inform among experts, please contact Michael Negri (FOM) via e-mail:

Top Twelve Skills for 2012

Global Knowledge, a worldwide leader in IT and business skills training, with main offices in US, Canada and London, has defined the most relevant and most valued skills that are sought by organizations in the US and global economies.  According to this firm, global economies rely heavily on information technology (IT), thus six of the “Top Twelve Skills for 2012” are related to the IT industry.  

It is interesting to confirm that several of the skills that the working team of the e-Jobs Observatory has defined as key skills to succeed in the European labor market are also defined as such by this global training company.

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1. Network Administration.
The skills needed to understand, build, implement, maintain, support, and continuously improve data and voice networks are in great demand.

2.  IT Security

Cyber security is a vital concern for corporations, government agencies, military, and academic institutions. IT security professionals must develop fundamental skills needed to understand the numerous threats and hacking methods as well as vendor-specific competencies required to protect networks, data, hardware, and software.

3. Cloud Technology/Virtualization

Organizations are moving to cloud computing and virtualization to take advantage of financial and operational benefits of these technologies. In addition to understanding the fundamental concepts of working with cloud computing platforms and virtualization, practitioners must be able to understand and manage the security and compliance implications.

4. Project Management

Most businesses require the skills of project managers to direct the tasks, resources, and people involved in implementing and completing complicated projects.

5. Desktop Support/IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®)

Computers dominate our personal and office environments, and virtual workstations are becoming more prevalent as improved communication technologies and remote access to corporate resources become more viable and reliable. The skills, knowledge, and abilities to plan, configure, troubleshoot, and repair desktop computers, laptops, peripheral devices, applications software, and network operating systems are essential for organizations and individuals.

6. Programming and Application Development

Business and personal success in the IT industry is often a direct result of the ability to develop innovative and useful applications. Applications can be driven by user needs and new technologies, or IT professionals can create demand by developing novel programs.

7. Leadership

Every organization needs leaders, and leadership qualities are, perhaps, the most important asset that a person can have to excel in business and in life.

8. Business Acumen

Excelling in the world of business requires a “big picture” understanding of the financial, accounting, marketing, and operational functions of an organization and the ability to make intelligent strategic decisions that result in proper and profitable outcomes.

9. Innovation/Creativity

New and improved products, services, processes, and practices are the ingredients for success for many businesses.  Those who can “think outside of the box” and have the abilities to formulate ideas; manage innovation initiatives; and elaborate, refine, analyze, evaluate, and communicate ideas to maximize business results are invaluable to their companies.

10. Financial Awareness

Individuals at almost every professional level need to be financially literate to positively contribute to business success. Financial literacy involves an understanding of financial concepts and terminology, including budgeting, justification of personnel and capital investments, and preparation of business proposals.

11. Selling and Communications Skills

In many companies, the top sales person earns more compensation than the highest-ranking executives. This seemingly incongruent compensation structure indicates the importance of sales and communications skills to business.

12. Technology Application

In a global business environment dominated by technology, it’s important that individuals, regardless of position, understand the application of technology to their specific business function(s) as well as the potential for existing and emerging technologies to contribute to performance improvement

European e-Skills Week final event, 30 March 2012, Copenhagen

e-Jobs Observatory representants will attend the closing event of the European e-Skills Week 2012 on 30 March in Copenhage. The event will highlight and reward best e-Skills practice observed throughout the campaign and present recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the event. Special attention will be paid to the impact of skills on productivity and growth and on innovation ability.

Venue:  Experimentarium
Address: Tuborg Havnevej 7, DK-2900 Hellerup, Copenhagen
Date:  30 March 2012

Roundtable – « Bridging the Gap between Market Needs and Training Outcomes: Seizing the Opportunity of e-Jobs », 17 April 2012, London

The e-Jobs Observatory organises a rountable in London to explore the gap between market needs and training outcomes in Internet-related jobs. The meeting will take place on 17 April 2012 at e-Skills UK, 1 Castle Lane, London SW1E 6DR.
The roundtable aims at fostering better interaction between key stakeholders, improving the quality of Vocational Education & Training (VET) in the field of e-Jobs, improving the employability of job seekers and reducing the e-skills shortages on the EU labour market.
In addition, a proposal for a Label of Excellence and Seal of Market Compliance for e-Jobs training courses and modules will be presented to key stakeholders to obtain their valuable feedback.
The Roundtable is one of a series organised by the e-Jobs Observatory in different EU countries during the Spring of 2012.

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300 000 e-jobs positions to create in France !

Email Brokers publish a study about internet use in France and analysed that more than 300 000 jobs have to be created in France if mobilisation is done ! France has for that a good point, the domain name creation where 128.348 domain names were registered since January 2012, nevertheless e-commerce in France is not as well developped as in Germany, Netherlands, Sweeden or UK ! In those countries internet represents between 6 and 98 % of the total GDP as in France it represents only 3.7 % ! For 2,6 jobs created in e-jobs, it deletes only 1 job in non e-job !

To foster employment development and internet development Email Brokers proposes to prepare better youngs for future employment, better support for reconversion of workers into e-jobs, forster web presence of companies, and to create norms for professional websites

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EMF attended the e-Skills Week stakeholders opening conference

EMF as e-Skills Week stakeholder attended on 19 March 2012 the  e-Skills Week stakeholders opening conference in Brussels. The Conference bought together all stakeholders – such as high-level public authorities, key industry representatives and research organisations – to discuss the current situation and needs of the e-Skilled workforce.

The event featured a plenary session on e-Skills policy in practice, as well as panel debates on the topic of e-Skills with both young people and ICT professionals.

More events and activities are foreseen for the upcoming weeks, culminating in a dedicated e-Skills Week final conference on 30 March 2012.

Average wages increase of 4% planned in 2012 – despite crisis in the EU area !

According to market leading Advisory Group « TEST » Human Resources, despite worrying news on the volatility in the euro area countries and the next wave of impending crisis as well as not the best prospects for 2012 entrepreneurs coldly look to incoming information and calmly pursue their wage policy. In 2012, average wages for specialists in Poland are planned to increase by 4%! The increase will be slightly higher than in 2011, when the average growth was 3,72%.

Many job opportunities and high salaries – 2011 was a good time for ICT professionals !

According to report « Labour Market for Professionals in 2011 » the year 2011 was a good time for ICT professionals.

Summary: The year 2011 was a good time to look for work in telecommunications and new technologies – according to the report « Labour Market for Professionals in 2011 », prepared by experts of portal. Despite the many changes which have occurred last year in this market, the number of job offers coming from the industry for professionals and managers has increased by nearly 60% compared to 2010. In addition to a large number of job offers, the ICT professionals could also count on high salaries.

Key findings:
– Nearly 325 000 jobs posted on the portal in 2011.
– An increase in the total number of posted jobs by more than 1/3 compared to 2010;
– The biggest increase in demand for workers in the IT, telecommunications and heavy industry;
– Surprisingly greater increase in the number of jobs opportunities in the provinces, which are struggling with high unemployment than in the richer regions with lower unemployment rates.

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French National agreement between Governement and professional organisation

Xavier Bertrand, French minister for employment, workforce and health has signed with Syntec Numeric (the national professional organisation of Numeric companies) a large framework  agreement to forster employment in the e-field. this agreement is also relevant for continuous training and will help for a better evaluation of job market and to anticipate job market needs

Reference (in french language)

Get the e-Jobs Observatory Seal of Market Compliance and Certificate for your Internet-related training courses

The e-Jobs Observatory offers the opportunity to Internet-related training providers to have their training courses certified in accordance with labour market-oriented job profiles. By offering certified training modules a training organisation is assured of providing quality training that will help trainees obtain relevant positions in industry.

The Seal of Market Compliance is an attestation to the quality of the training unit and its conformance to actual needs of the Internet-related jobs market. It certifies that the unit meets all the formal requirements set forth in the e-Jobs Observatory Training Guidelines. It may be used by the receiving organisation to market and promote this particular training product.