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Europe to face large e-skills gap by 2015: experts

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Wed Mar 03 2010

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BERLIN, March 2 (Xinhua) -- European countries will suffer severe e-skills shortages in five years as the education system fails to fit the fast-growing digital industry, IT experts and EU politicians warned Tuesday when attending Hanover's CebIT, the world's top IT trade fair.

In a press conference held at CeBIT, high-level representatives from three IT-related groups, which were DigitalEurope, an European information and communications technology (ICT) industry association, and BITKOM, the German ICT industry association, as well as a Bonn-based consulting firm "empirica," presented facts and figures about Europe's digital future.

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European labor market may face a great shortfall of 384,000 ICT practitioners by 2015, while only 10 percent of economic sector would not require e-skills at that time, the three groups said, according to a foresight study.

"Europe could lose an important competitive advantage if we do not fully capitalized on the ability of the digital industry," Bridget Cosgrave, Director-general of DigitalEurope, said. "The burning issue for Europe is to build an adequately e-skilled workforce."

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