Agoria will develop a so-called 'digital skills passport' by 2020 for 4.5 million working Belgians. The technology federation announced this during a study day on the future of the labor market. Agoria is joining forces with the employment agencies VDAB, Actiris and Forem and various IT companies.
The passport must give a picture of the digital skills of a person and, in particular, must also indicate how someone can improve their skills. Everyone is silent about the digitization that is fundamentally changing our job market. It is a train that goes on, and for employees it will be important not to miss that train and to regularly 'upgrade' their skills in this regard. "The average desired level of digital competencies is increasing everywhere, and the desired level of general skills is also rising. So almost every worker has a change ahead," says Marc Lambotte, CEO of Agoria.
The 'digital skills passport' will not be mandatory, but will be a useful addition to the traditional CV. An online test provides insight into 24 different digital skills. Anyone who achieves a sufficiently high level and scores enough points will receive a certificate with an end date. That date is not final, as the digital skills will have to be updated at the appropriate time. Those who do not yet have sufficient skills in certain skills will be able to further develop them online. The employment agencies manage the passport data. If there is a change in the competencies, they will be updated automatically.
The report 'Shaping the future of work' from Agoria shows that jobs will definitely disappear as a result of digitization. But for every job that is lost, 3.7 new ones will replace them, it is said. Between now and 2030, 235,000 jobs will disappear. But 864,000 jobs are also being added, resulting in a net profit of 629,000 jobs. The increase is strongest in the services sector, education and healthcare. These are today sectors with a relatively low digitization rate.
Agoria warns that without measures in 2030 no fewer than 584,000 vacancies will not be filled. In addition, 310,000 workers or unemployed people must be retrained to a new, sustainable job. In addition to upgrading skills and retraining, the technology federation sees salvation in the activation of non-working people, a pro-active economic migration, more and / or longer working hours and better coordination of study programs and study choice with regard to labor demand.
But even then, 316,000 jobs are still open. Agoria therefore considers a further increase in productivity necessary. "This is easiest to achieve by accelerating automation and digitization in the sectors with the highest number of vacancies," it says.