02/04/2013

ICT and Employability

Literature Review on Employability, Inclusion and ICT, Report 2 - JRC Technical Report Series  JRC78601
Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2013 - ISSN 1831-9424 (online) - doi:10.2791/71448




85-90% of jobs will require Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) skills by 2020, according to the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Although internet job searches by unemployed people have increased dramatically in Europe (46% in 2011 according to Eurostat), and significantly reduced unemployment duration in some countries - like the USA - employers and labour market intermediaries, including public and private services, might not yet be exploiting the full potential of ICT.
Reviewed literature shows that ICT are crucial for employability, as they enable the development of a large set of individual skills, and also allow job seekers to have access to more creative jobs and enhance their career prospects. These findings highlight the importance of digital inclusion and skilling policies, particularly for the most disadvantaged.

author(s): European Commission/ Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies - M. de Hoyos, A. Green, S. A. Barnes, D. Owen, B. Baldauf (Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER))
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