« Europe urgently needs the right jobs and skills » – my mission in Davos

« Many people today worry about the economic climate we’re in, and where the jobs are going to come from. But as the tide of unemployment rises, there’s still at least one island of hope – jobs for ICT practitioners, where demand is still strong, and growing. »
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, was in Davos for the World Economic Forum. While she was there, she set out details on how the European Commission plans to boost Europe’s competitiveness – and fill tomorrow’s ICT jobs – with help from the private sector and others. 

Shortage of ICT workers in many European companies

Europe is facing an “alarming” unemployment level and paradoxically, a shortage of information and communications technology workers. Despite of the crisis, employers are actively looking for technologically proficient workers who also have “soft” business skills and specialized knowledge in areas such as digital media. Recruitment agencies identified this new trend : « Since Mai 2011, the number of job offers posted in our category ‘ICT/Software Development’ has reached the highest level from 18 months« , Hugo Stienstra, Monster Benelux.
ICT skills are critical to the global competitiveness of the European economy and Neelie Kroes, VIce-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, has already underlined the importance of sustaining growth in the technology-driven markets of the future. Many workers are increasingly thinking of turning their back on a career in ICT, which requires that educators, employers, government and recruiters act together to deliver an attractive and accessible career pathway.
In according to this need, the e-Jobs Observatory aims at creating a central point of reference for all activities related to research, training, qualifications, standards, norms, certificates and employment in the field of e-Jobs in Europe. We invite you to check out the e-jobs descriptions and provide comments to the authors.
Source : Inside digital media, 2011 Oct.