ICT skills key to EU jobs growth with potentially 700,000 unfilled ICT vacancies across EU by 2015

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Dublin summit for EU Employment Ministers focuses on addressing ICT skills gap

Addressing the ICT skills gap will be a crucial part of the EU’s employment strategy, given projections that there could be up to 700,000 unfilled vacancies in the EU by 2015, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD told a special meeting of Employment Ministers in Dublin.

Minister Richard Bruton was speaking during the 2-day Informal Employment and Social Policy Council which he co-chaired with Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD.

Job creation in Europe is a top priority of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU. Jobs growth in the ICT sector is forecast to run at 7.6% over the next decade, more than double the overall rate of job-creation forecast.

In Dublin over the past two days Employment Ministers agreed that ensuring adequate skills supply to fill vacancies in the ICT sector will be a crucial part of growing jobs in the EU. They also discussed lessons from national initiatives taken in the ICT skills area, as well as specific case studies including measures taken in Ireland under the ICT Action Plan jointly launched by Minister Bruton with Minister Quinn in January 2012 as part of the Action Plan for Jobs.

Speaking after the meeting, Minister Richard Bruton said:

“Reflecting our domestic priorities, the Irish Government has identified job-creation as a top priority during our Presidency of the Council of the EU. In recent years through the Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work initiatives we have made significant changes to the Irish economy to support job-creation. Many of the challenges we have faced in Ireland are common across the EU, such as for example the ICT skills gap. Skills mismatches in the EU have increased markedly during the crisis. We need to strengthen cooperation on existing Community policies, instruments and processes so as to enable Member States to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their national skills systems, benchmark them internationally and develop policies to transform better skills into better jobs. Here to read more.

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