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Brussels Job Day to focus on jobs key to economic recovery
The European Job Day (EJD), Brussels takes place on 6 October and, in addition to being one of the most popular EURES recruitment events, this year’s edition will feature a special focus on three types of job highlighted by the European Commission for their potential to kick-start the economy.
Taking place against the backdrop of poor labour market situations in a number of EU Member States, this year’s EJD in Brussels, Belgium will be an especially important event. Whilst employers from all fields have been invited, EURES and the European Commission have chosen to additionally focus on three of the most promising types of job outlined in the European Union’s strategy to boost jobs, the Employment package for a job rich recovery*. These high-potential occupations include:
- Green jobs (any job with a “green” angle, be it a solar panel technician or a car emissions specialist);
- Healthcare jobs; and
- ICT jobs.
“We are working hard to attract as many employers from all sectors offering these types of job as possible. People can attend online or onsite, so we will be able to reach a truly pan-European audience,” explains Geert D’Hollander from the European Commission. “On the day, jobseekers should keep an eye out in particular for our dedicated ‘Agora’. This will be a special area at the event where employers can take to the stage to describe their recruitment needs, the kind of profiles they are looking for etc.,” Geert adds.
“All together, the green economy, healthcare, and new technology sectors will create more than 20 million jobs in the years to come,” said José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, at the launch of the European Union’s strategy to boost jobs.
According to the strategy itself the green economy – including the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors – has shown positive job growth throughout the recession and “could create five million jobs by 2020”.
In addition to this, with an ageing population and increased demand for expanded personalised services, the healthcare sector “will remain a key driver in providing new jobs in the year to come”. The ICT industry meanwhile has seen employment growth of around 3 % per year over the recent years and levels of demand continue to exceed supply.
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*European Commission Communication “Towards a job-rich recovery”, Strasbourg 18/04/12