Communications Networks, Content and Technology
European Commission Directorate General

Digital Skills and Jobs, European Semester

Digital Skills and Jobs, European Semester

Knowledge Base (Unit F.4)
Goal

 We need to make sure every European has the right digital skills to get a job and close the mismatch between supply and demand for qualified digital technology experts. The profile of digital needs to be raised in the European Semester process, to maximise the potential of digital technology for Europe's economic recovery.

Action

We support evidence-based policies boosting the digital skills of the European labour force, and advocate the positive transformative power of digital technologies in the European Semester process. Our unit manages the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, the reflection on how the digital economy shapes our labour markets, and prepares CONNECT input for the European semester process.

Situation

Digital Technologies are transforming Europe's society and economy and are changing the labour markets. We are witnessing a polarization into low- and high-skilled jobs. Certain occupations will change or disappear due to automation whereas new jobs requiring digital skills will emerge.ICT is one of the segments of Europe's economy that has been expanding even during the economic crisis. The number of ICT practitioners - in the ICT sector as well as in the rest of the economy - has been growing at around 4% per year. If this trend continues, there could be up to 900,000 unfilled ICT practitioner vacancies in the EU by the year 2020, amid soaring unemployment and the economic crisis. The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs will address this challenge, bringing together stakeholders to design and implement solutions at the appropriate level (European, national, local).Based on the evidence produced by the Commission in collaboration with national organisations, the Commission monitors that Member States need to put in place policies effectively addressing barriers and make sure national policies mainstream reflect the priorities of the Digital Agenda.The national reform programmes of several Member States acknowledge that the potential of digital technology is not fully tapped and that much more could be done at European level to reap the full benefits of a digital single market.

Mandate
The European policy framework around Europe 2020, the Digital Agenda for Europe and the "European Semester"/the Annual Growth Survey.

Input

Full-Time Equivalent: 
5
People: 
5.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:
Budget: 
1 m € support through the CIP programme for the Grand Coalition (2014-2015)
Section
Outputs

Unit F4 Priority 2 - Output

Briefings/speeches on Grand Coalition

Indicators

1538

Number of briefings/speeches on Grand Coalition

Target 75 (2013 - 2015)
Baseline 50 (2013)

Unit F4 Priority 2 - Output

Going Local exercises addressing ICT and jobs 

Indicators

1537

Number of Going Local exercises addressing ICT and jobs

Target 10 (2013 - 2015)
Baseline 5 (2013)

Unit F4 Priority 2 - Output

Countries monitored in the European Semester

Indicators

1534

Number of countries monitored in the European Semester

Target 10 (2013 - 2015)
Baseline 7 (2013)
Results/Impacts

Unit F4 Priority 2 - Impacts

  1. Impacts

 The main impact is the mainstreaming of ICT policies in Member States. En gros, this should result ina) increased investment in ICT, indicators:- ICT investment as a % of gross fixed capital formation in the EU- Private investment in networks in the EU- ICT R&D performed by the business sector in the EU- Public funding to ICT R&D in the EUb) Increase in ICT skills, main EU indicators:- Share of population who never used the internet- Share of population with medium/high internet skills- Share of advanced ICT users in the labour force- % of firms having difficulties in recruiting ICT professionals c) Improved efficiency and effectiveness in the Public Administration, indicators:- Share of countries where companies can be set up through fully automated procedures- Share of hospitals providing health patient records- Share of GPs providing health patient records d) Increase in ICT take-up by citizens and businesses 

Indicators

1572

Share of population with medium/high Internet skills

% of firms having difficulties in recruiting ICT professionals (lead indicator)

Target 2% (2014 - 2015)
Baseline 3.2% (2013)

Share of advanced ICT users in the labour force

Unit F4 Priority 2 - Impacts

  1. Impacts

The main impact is the mainstreaming of ICT policies in Member States. This should result ina) Increased investment in ICT.Relevant indicators:- ICT investment as a % of gross fixed capital formation in the EU -Private investment in networks in the EU- ICT R&D performed by the business sector in the EU- Public funding to ICT R&D in the EU 

Indicators

1569

Increased investment in ICT

Target Targets from DAE scoreboard and studies (2014 - 2015)
Baseline Baselines from DAE scoreboard (2014)

Unit F4 Priority 2 - Results

1. (c) Number of organisations making pledges to Grand Coalition

Indicators

1548

Number of organisations making pledges to Grand Coalition

Target 70 (2013 - 2015)
Baseline 35 (2013)

Unit F4 Priority 2 - Results

1. (b) Number of National Reform Programmes including a part on ICT-related policies

Indicators

1546

b) Number of National Reform Programmes including a part on ICT-related policies

Target 28 (2013 2015)
Baseline 17 (2013)

Unit F4 Priority 2 - Results

1. (a) Number of country-specific recommendations on ICT

Indicators

1544

Number of country-specific recommendations on ICT

Target 10 (2013 - 2015)
Baseline 5 (2013)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • Europe 2020 - 75% of the population aged 20-64 should be employed Europe 2020
  • DAE - The entire EU to be covered by broadband by 2013
  • DAE - The entire EU to be covered by broadband above 30Mbps by 2020
  • DAE - 50% of the EU to subscribe to broadband above100 Mbps by 2020
  • DAE - 50 % of the population to buy online by 2015
  • DAE - 20 % of the population to buy online cross-border by 2015
  • DAE - 33 % of SMEs to make online sales by 2015
  • DAE - The difference between roaming and national tariffs to approach zero by 2015
  • DAE - To increase regular internet usage from 60 % to 75 % by2015, and from 41 % to 60 % among disadvantaged people
  • DAE - To halve the proportion of the population that has never used the internet from 30 % to 15 % by 2015
  • DAE - 50 % of citizens to use eGovernment by 2015, with more than half returning completed forms
  • DAE - All key cross-border public services, to be agreed by Member States in 2011, to be available online by 2015
  • DAE - To double public investment in ICT R&D to € 11 bn by 2020

Our contribution to top level targets is:

  • Contribution to all Digital Agenda targets.
  • 75% of the population aged 20-64 should be employed.

Contribution to Europe 2020 and Horizon 2020 targets.