ICT student numbers on the rise again, but European firms are slow to adopt digital technologies

The gap between the number of job seekers in Europe and the number of unfilled digital jobs is forecast to shrink, according to the latest research from analyst Empirica.

These findings, presented at the  eSkills for Jobs Conference in Luxembourg on 15 December, indicate that the shortage of skilled candidates will reach 756,000 by 2020, which is down from an estimated 820,000, forecast at the beginning of 2015. The decline reflects an increase in the number of people getting ICT training (university, open online courses, IT company academies).

However, most European companies are far behind from reaching the digital potential of the connected markets. With only 1.7% of European firms making full use of advanced digital technologies such as big data analytics, cloud, social media and mobile solutions, Europe has a challenging road ahead in scaling its digital economy.

The Luxembourg event which ran over the title “Transforming Europe towards the Digital Age” also unveiled the eSkills Manifesto 2015, a publication which highlights the importance of digital skills acquisition and ICT training. The Manifesto includes a special introduction by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, and contributions from renowned experts in the field of eSkills. As Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, from DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, said: “To fully benefit from the digital transformation, Europe must support the recognition for digital skills and qualifications, raise its level of ICT professionalism and develop a pool of talented eLeaders”.


Access the pdf version of the eSkills Manifesto 2015.

Read the full press release from the Luxembourg event.



The eSkills campaign, run by DIGITALEUROPE and European Schoolnet, is part of the European Commission’s efforts to adapt Europe’s economy to the new digital reality. Read more about the campaign.