OECD’s report: ICT specialist Skills and Employment

The OECD’s Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) is undertaking extensive analysis of the structure, distribution and development of ICT skills and employment. This work particularly focuses on ICT specialist skills and ICT users across the whole economy.
« ICTs and gender » is the title of a report that provides an overview of the gender distribution of ICT and ICT-related employment in OECD countries, and compares these to the gender distribution of total employment. Participation in ICT related education and training, and differences in ICT access and use by gender are also shown. 

The European Commission is rethinking skills in the context of Europe 2020

The EC published a roadmap for “Rethinking skills in the context of Europe 2020”.
Amongst others, the roadmap mentions the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020) that stresses the importance of transversal competences such as entrepreneurship, digital competence and multilingualism. As such, it endorses the findings of many eJobs profiles. 
Another roadmap deals with the Internationalisation of Higher Education.
As with the roadmap before, the emphasis on language learning and multilingualism is considered an important asset for internationalisation.

To consult all the published roadmaps you can visit the following website :
http://ec.europa.eu/governance/impact/planned_ia/roadmaps_2012_en.htm

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.