In this latest issue of the Brussels Briefing on ICT, leading digital and ICT and journalist, Jennifer Baker, provides an extensive update on the latest policy developments and what to expect for the near future in the fields digital agenda and ICT policy.
Topics discussed include:
- Broadband Strategy
- Google Antitrust Case
- Copyright Laws
The overall labour demand is still affected by the recession, yet vacancies are hard to fill in the health, ICT, engineering, sales and finance sectors, the new European Vacancy and Recruitment Report says.
This is the first of a set of biennial reports to be launched by the European Commission, focusing on labour demand and skills requirements, thus providing a better insight into the functioning of labour markets.
The European Commission’s (EC) new strategy, reflected on the Communication on « Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU », aims to increase the competitiveness and export potential of the cultural and creative sectors, as well as to maximise their spill over benefits for other areas such as ICT and innovation.
The European Commission is calling for a range of actions to promote the right conditions for the cultural and creative sectors to flourish, involving all actors from the local level up to the regional, national and European levels. These actions focus on skills development, access to finance, promotion of new business models, audience development, access to international markets and improved links to other sectors.
At the conference “Anticipating skills needs at EU level” held on 7 December 2012 in Brussels, DG Education and Culture and DG Employment, unveiled the joint effort: eSkills Panorama (euskillspanorama.ec.europa.eu
), a platform that provides European and national information about skills, competences and jobs. In her welcome address, Commissioner A. Vassiliou underlined the necessity to rethink education: skills needs are changing; to combat youth unemployment (up to 50% in some Member States) re-skilling and up-skilling is necessary. Member States need to carry out reforms towards open learning and to deepen the understanding of the labour market.
The eSkills Panorama is not an isolated initiative but part of the eSkill Strategy. Amongst the tools available are:
- ESCO – the European multilingual classification of skills and competences
- EURES – the European Job Mobility Portal
- PLOTEUS – the Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space)
- EUROPASS – where you can create your “Five documents to make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe”
Chaque année en France, 400.000 à 500.000 emplois resteraient non pourvus faute de… candidats, selon les derniers chiffres publiés par Pôle emploi.
Principal enseignement de cette étude inédite : l’inadéquation entre les aspirations des candidats et celles des recruteurs. Parmi les 1,8 million de CV recensés par Cadremploi.fr, plus de la moitié des inscrits a entre 10 et 20 ans d’expériences, un bac+5 en poche, et une rémunération comprise entre 30.000 et 50.000 euros par an. « Si leurs prétentions salariales sont en phase avec le marché, leurs compétences sont souvent à côté de la plaque », commente Thibaut Gemignani, le patron de Cadremploi.fr.
Ce décalage, bien connu des experts, est appelé le « skill mismatch ». Il s’explique par l’évolution des compétences disponibles qui ne progressent pas au rythme des besoins des entreprises. Conséquence : certains secteurs affichent une réelle pénurie de talents. A titre d’exemple, Amaris France (groupe de conseil en technologie et management) dispose de 100 postes de consultants à pourvoir d’ici la fin de l’année, selon les estimations du directeur, Jean-François Thunet. Parmi les profils les plus difficiles à dénicher : les développeurs sur applis mobiles, les ingénieurs télécom ou les experts du cloud computing.
Every year in France, between 400.000 and 500.000 jobs remain unfilled because of a lack of… well skilled candidates, according to Pôle Emploi. Actually, the phenomenon of « skill mismatch » seems to be more responsible of the unemployment rate than the Crisis.
“People don’t actually care about climate change too much because it’s a very long process. To motivate people you have to make them save money. And for us it is a business because we want to earn money in the process. We want to change the world that people live in,” says Greif, an ambitious young entrepreneur.
A new generation of environmentally-aware entrepreneurs has emerged, setting up business plans which aim at decreasing the environmental footprint.
Interested in meeting some of these young entrepreneurs and finding out the concepts behind their business plans?
European education and training systems continue to fall short in providing the right skills for employability, and are not working adequately with business or employers to bring the learning experience closer to the reality of the working environment. These skills mismatches are a growing concern for European industry’s competitiveness, says the most recent Communication of the European Commission, appealing to EU Member States to set actions.
The Communication underlines the importance of tapping on the potential of ICT for education and teaching and highlights the need to develop transversal skills (such as problem solving, team work etc. often also referred to as soft skills) and entrepreneurial skills as they not only contribute to new business creation but also to the employability of young people.
In this respect, the Communication emphasises at several instances the importance of languages. In a world of international exchanges, the ability to speak foreign languages is a factor for competitiveness. Languages are more and more important to increase levels of employability and mobility of young people.
Further education in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – is needed if Europe wants to compete with countries like Brazil, China and India that spend more on high skilled STEM education than the USA, Japan and UK together.
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