This study has been conceptualised and implemented in order to examine the transformation of jobs in the digital economy in the European Union, investigating the penetration of digital technologies into workplaces, the digital skills required by employers and the digital skills currently available in workplaces.
The Member States have been invited to develop comprehensive national digital skills strategies by mid-2017 in the New Skills Agenda for Europe. To support the development of these strategies the European Commission together with national experts has developed a shared "concept" for digital skills strategies.
Digital skills are increasingly needed throughout the workforce, as a complement to existing jobs and for the new jobs that are being created. Indeed, it has been suggested that soon 90% of jobs will require digital skills.
The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs is a multi-stakeholder partnership launched in 2013 that endeavours to facilitate collaboration among business and education providers, public and private actors to take action attracting young people into ICT education, and to retrain unemployed people. This report provides an analysis of the potential contributions of the Grand Coalition's Pledges to solve the mismatch between demand and supply of digital skills in Europe, their challenges and problems encountered so far, and their key success factors.
This study collected and benchmarked information from 31 European countries (27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey) on the access, use, competence and attitudes of students and teachers regarding ICT in schools.