EU expects 900,000 unfilled IT jobs in 2015

The European Commission releases statistics about the progress of the Digital Agenda, calling for more people to improve their digital skills

The European Commission (EC) claims there will be 900,000 unfilled IT jobs across the EU in 2015.

In a video released by the EC, it presented a number of figures on the progress of its "Digital Agenda", saying there would be a “grand coalition for digital jobs” in the next two years.

However, it also warned 22% of European citizens had still never used the internet and only 51% claimed to have medium or high-level internet skills, meaning there could be a lack of workers to fill the roles.

Other statistics from the video showed broadband coverage, including wired and wireless, reached 99.9% of EU citizens in 2012, with 95.5% having access to fixed connections. However, this number significantly dropped to 83% in rural areas.

Fast broadband – defined as connections over 30Mbps – was available to 54% of the population in 2012, almost double the number in 2010. However, superfast broadband – connections above 100Mbps – were only subscribed to by 2% of citizens, which the EC hopes to grow to 50% by 2020.

The EC also put out a warning around advertised speeds and the reality. While the average achieved by EU citizens came in at 19.5Mbps, it said this was only 74% of the advertised average speed, meaning users may be losing out.

The figures come as the European commissioner for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, confirmed more investment into next generation networks across Europe, hoping to bring all states onto the same page when it comes to telecoms.

The recommendations include guidance to national regulators around price regulation, the encouragement of alternative operators and a methodology to calculate the cost of accessing copper networks.

However, Kroes still believed there was a lot further to go.

“Those measures still don’t go far enough,” she wrote on her blog. “The sector still faces too many borders and barriers [as] with 28 different systems of regulation, companies get stuck in national markets, unable to find the economies of scale to invest large-scale or compete globally.

“Today’s agreement is a big step forward – but really, it’s just the first step towards a connected, competitive continent.”

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900,000 IT jobs unfilled across the EU in 2015...laughable when we can't get our foot in the door here in the shires in the UK with over 10 years worth of experience...


Exactly I know the feeling, you get someone who has no experience at all but the latest qualifications and they get the job because apparently they are more qualified than someone else.


Bob, Simonball,

It industry, probably together with marketing&advertising, is the most growing industry everywhere in the world.

it is the big challenge to constantly improve yourself with trainings and other non-formal educational the ones who step forward will be replaced.

Young people go and educate themselves beside a lot of older people who think that with their experience they are enough good.

That time pass ! Now its more important to be educated and wellknown with trends then to have years experience in something in the pass.

I work in the marketing field, and the situation is kind a same.


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I went to one college - they couldn't work out whether to charge me first off, then after that they let me attend when the course had been cancelled...class!


I've never seen the recruitment industry - job websites and recruitment agencies in such complete and utter disarray in my 46 years of being on this planet!
All the regulation has gone thanks to the coalition.
Labour has given up being a valid opposition to get the man in the street to get the message across.

The recruitment agencies couldn't match up a pair of socks, i get so many mails that don't bear any relation to my skills.
If i then go for the job and get it they boot me out saying i don't have the right skills.
The jobs i can do, the agencies don't send through to me.

Utter mayhem..


I knew it was going downhill when contracting started...but as per usual i had no control whatsoever over it despite all the so called self help career books that love to tell you to plan your career etc.

One manager was getting told off in front of her staff in one contract by her upper manager...

One contract i had to clean the computer before i could use it, then the next day they moved me to the next computer - cleaned it, till the third day i said i was going back to the original pc - get someone else to do their dirty work.

Also as a contractor all the perm staff think you are on a fortune, but don't take into consideration you get no holiday pay, no sick pay, no training (apart from the 3 day mentoring before being thrown into the deep end).



I could not agree more. The cult of management has now replaced the cult of celebrity, so all they are concerned about is max'ing out their own salary and bonus. This coupled with the fact they expect to be rewarded for failure, has doomed many of our industries.


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