Talent Shortage Survey 2012

In order to gain a reliable empirical basis of the Talent Shortage Survey 2012 developed by Manpower Group, a total of 38,077 interviews were conducted by phone with employers in three regions during Quarter 1 2012, including 10,232 in the Americas, 8,786 in Asia Pacific and 19,059 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The most important results for the EMEA region are listed below.

  • One in four EMEA employers state that they have difficulties in filling jobs due to a lack of available talent
  • IT Staff among the top 10 jobs, employers are having difficulty filling (7th)
  • Methods, the organizations use to address the talent shortages
    • Providing additional training and development to existing Staff (21%)
    • Broadening search outside of the local region (9%)
    • Broadening search outside of the own country (9%)
    • Appointing people without job skills currently with potential to learn/grow (7%)
    • Focusing more on Staff retention in jobs where recruitment is difficult (6%)
    • Increasing starting salaries (6%)
    • Enhancing benefits packages, including signing bonus (5%)
    • Partnering with educational institutions to create curriculum aligned to talent needs (4%)

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How to build your career in IT

The best technology jobs are never jobs that get posted publicly. You might hear about them through a friend or someone you meet at a networking event, but you aren’t likely to find them posted on a job board. So how do you build a career in IT when the best stuff is hiding in plain sight? You need to have a passion for technology.
There are many paths to a career in IT, including formal education and personal training programs, but no matter how skilled you are, the best jobs are found through relationships. But should you specialize or go for that more well-rounded approach? Can you learn once and expect to carry yourself through to retirement? How does your personal brand impact your ability to have a career in IT? Can what you say on YouTube today impact your ability to get a job in IT tomorrow?
Bobby Knight, SVP at Modis, provides perspective on how to build a great career in IT.

The 10 most demanding jobs in IT

According to Emerson Network Power, the following jobs are the most demanding ones in the IT area:

1. Executive director/administrator
2. IT procurement
3. CIO
4. IT manager/director
5. IT operations
6. Data center manager
7. Engineering
8. IT security
9. Applications/software development
10. Database management

800 IT professionals from the U.S.,
Asia, Europe and Latin America were interviewed in the course of this study. Those persons represent seventeen work roles and eighteen
industries (50 to more than 10,000 employees).

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Counting the cost of consumer conflicts

Despite of the obvious advantages that e-commerce provides, many people prefer to avoid this experience, because they afraid that may be involved in judicial adventures. This is the main reason that consumers and merchants remain cautious. A solution that now working the committee of the EC Internal market, offers the possibility of court and e- compromise that minimize the cost. 
As concerns the proposal for the online dimension of court differences solutions, the commission’s proposal creates an online platform that will be for free, in all European languages in which consumers and traders can find simplest solutions to their difference.

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Le service de Formation continue de l’ULB vous propose d’enrichir vos compétences

Vous souhaitez réactualiser et enrichir vos connaissances, approfondir le champ de vos savoirs, élargir vos compétences et stimuler votre esprit critique ?

Le service de Formation continue de l’ULB vous offre une centaine de formations à la pointe de la connaissance, adaptées aux besoins spécifiques de votre entreprise, au problème ou à la thématique qui vous intéresse individuellement.
Le potentiel d’une Université de référence dans la capitale de l’Europe, c’est :
  • Près de 300 conventions institutionnelles au niveau international
  • Des partenariats privilégiés avec les Universités de Lille, Valenciennes, Paris, Grenoble, Montréal et Berkeley
  • Le siège du réseau Unica qui regroupe les principales universités de 38 capitales européennes
  • La participation à des grands programmes européens de formation continue (Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Grundvig, Minerva, etc.)

The Continuing Education of the ULB offers you to enhance your skills

Do you want to update and enhance your knowledge, to get deep inside the scope of your knowledge, expand your skills and stimulate your critical thinking skill? 
The Continuing Education department of the ULB offers hundreds of courses at the forefront of knowledge, the specific needs of your business, the issue or topic that interests you individually. 
The potential of a reference University in the capital of Europe is: 

  • Nearly 300 international institutional agreements
  • Special partnerships with the Universities of Lille, Valenciennes, Paris, Grenoble and Berkeley Montreal
  • The headquarters of Unica network which covers all major universities in 38 European capitals
  • The participation in major European training (Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Grundtvig, Minerva, etc..)

Commission launches innovation partnership for Smart Cities and Communities

By launching a Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (SCC) the European Commission aims to boost the development of smart technologies in cities – by pooling research resources from energy, transport and ICT and concentrating them on a small number of demonstration projects which will be implemented in partnership with cities. For 2013 alone, € 365 million in EU funds have been earmarked for the demonstration of these types of urban technology solutions. Green ICT
Vice President Neelie Kroes said: « ICTs put the ‘smart’ in ‘smart cities’. It challenges legacy industries to rethink how to reduce congestion and increase energy efficiency in the urban environment; enabling new business models and empowering people. »

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: « Knowledge is the currency of the global economy. »

The European Commission has announced the final and biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, €8.1 billion will support projects and ideas that will boost Europe’s competitiveness and tackle issues such as human health, protecting the environment and finding new solutions to growing challenges linked to urbanization and managing waste. The funding – which is open to organizations and businesses in all EU Member States and partner countries – makes up the lion’s share of the EU’s proposed €10.8 billion research budget for 2013. This announcement comes just days after EU leaders emphasized the importance of research and innovation in the Compact for Growth and Jobs.
European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: « Knowledge is the currency of the global economy. If Europe wants to continue to compete in the 21st century, we must support the research and innovation that will generate growth and jobs, now and in the future. The high level of competition for EU funding makes sure that taxpayers’ money goes to the best projects that tackle issues that concern all of us. »

How to react to non routine situations ?

A very strong key issue for competitivity of companies and specially SME is the ability of the employees to have a good answer to non routine situations. Many companies have set up processes and procedures which allows to answer properly to mainly common situations (to be understand as a guide to adapt to specific situations) but the company added value is well developed specially when employees are efficient to deal with non routine situations and to have a good response, in accordance with the company strategy, with ethical issues, with a customer orientated approach. this is important to develop the confidence the users and customers can have with a company. 
The In Touch project driven at European level by different specialist of training and employment issues have published different documents about the importance of non routine situations and how to train to answer to them ! A mobile ICT game will be released soon to support those trainings . Also a specific training course is provided in ROMA from 10 to 12 October and is provided by CIAPE  “MOBILE LEARNING FACILITATORS FOR NON-ROUTINE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN SMES”