A paper published by Empirica warns that demand for ICT skills in Europe is growing at a tremendous pace.
The paper e-Skills in Europe: Trends and Forecasts for the European ICT Professional and Digital Leadership Labour Markets (2015-2020) reported that the trend in IT jobs has been up to 4% growth per year, while growth in management jobs is 8% per year. Despite that, the demand for medium level skilled associate and technician jobs is declining. Overall there is a continuous need to increase the quality and relevance of e-skills in Europe. The report says that “although graduate figures seem to stabilise, supply from universities does not seem to keep pace.”
Experts predict that the growing demand for highly skilled jobs, and the fact that these positions are usually recruited from the pool of seasoned practitioners and other (non-ICT) managers, together with lack of entry level jobs at medium level skills, may result in recruitment bottlenecks in the longer term.
The report says that there are currently some 620,000 e-leaders in European enterprises but experts predict that Europe would need to increase the number of e-leaders by more than 150,000 until 2020.
“In order to compensate for this, organisation internal talent pipelines but also the European higher and executive education system and other training and education providers need to be capable of supporting 40,000+ seasoned ICT practitioners and business managers to be turned into new e-leaders each year which constitutes a huge challenge.”
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