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e-Skills Gap

The project revealed that ICT jobs are in high demand in industry. Past developments have shown that they are much more resistant to crises than most other jobs. The market absorbs more than the annual output of ICT graduates from universities and the education system and there are clear signs that ICT-related occupations are going to be subject to even greater demand in the coming years and after the crises. However, a drop in the number of ICT graduates leaving universities and the retirement of ICT workers over the coming years are endangering the ICT job growth potential. There is a huge opportunity for job creation which Europe should not miss. Europe and European national governments and stakeholders have the possibility to create a further 372.000 to 864.000 ICT jobs up until 2015 which the market would be ready to absorb. This would close the forecasted e-skills gap.