I'm off to Davos soon for the World Economic Forum
. While I'm there I want to set out some more details on how we plan to boost Europe's competitiveness
– and fill tomorrow's ICT jobs
– with help from the private sector and others.
Many people today worry about the economic climate we're in, and where the jobs are going to come from. But as the tide of unemployment rises, there's still at least one island of hope – jobs for ICT practitioners, where demand is still strong, and growing.
That should be a great opportunity—but it risks becoming a liability
. Because as it stands, the supply of people with the right skills is not growing in step. From 2006 to 2010, ICT graduates actually shrank by 10%; pretty soon, Europe could face one million unfilled ICT jobs. At a time of unemployment - wouldn't that be absolutely crazy?