CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark - Results


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The CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark is a pan-European initiative designed to help ICT professionals identify and match their digital competences to ICT jobs that suits them best.

The survey has identified the e-competences of over 2,200 ICT professionals in 28 countries across greater Europe. The project was led by CEPIS and implemented together with national informatics associations that are CEPIS members.

The results provide a unique view of the status of professional competence in Europe. The results have been compiled in country reports and profiles reports that you can download by clicking on the buttons below.

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Key Findings

 

  • Competence mismatches are an issue for most ICT professional in Europe: Only 23% of respondents had the competences associated with their job. In other words, 77% of all respondents may not have all the competences required for their job. Project Manager was the popular job profile among respondents. However, only 7% of the respondents match the e-competences needed for that role.

  • Today's most popular ICT profiles are not those needed in the future: Technical Specialist is the job profile for which most professionals matched the required e-competences. However studies show that this is not the profile most likely to be needed in Europe in the coming years.

  • Lack of focused ICT development persists among ICT professionals: ICT professionals have a high level of formal education but not always in ICT: 66% of those who participated stated that ICT was the main focus of their education, highlighting that one third of the ICT professionals in the sample come from a non ICT-focused background.

  • Too few women work in ICT: With only 15% of all ICT professionals who participated in this study being female, there is further evidence that attracting women to the profession is badly needed. The profiles showing the most female professionals were Project Managers and ICT Trainers, but female representation remains very low even for those profiles at just 20%.

  • Lack of young talent is a bottleneck for the profession: The average age of the ICT professional in Europe is 42 years. The youngest ICT professionals can be found in Belgium with an average age of 37 years. The oldest ICT professionals are in the Netherlands with an average age of 50 years.



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Download the Executive Summary Brochure

 

The executive summary brochure provides an overview of e-competence gaps and mismatches in Europe. It includes a summary of European and national results gathered through the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark, along with conclusions and recommendations for action. Download the Executive Summary Brochure

Download the European Report 


The European report aggregates the results gathered across the continent. It provides an overview of the status of professional e-competence in Europe. Click Here to Download the European Report

Dowload the Country Reports

 
The country reports provide an insight into the level of professional competences and a snapshot of the profession in each country.

           

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The profile reports offer an in-depth analysis of one or two specific ICT job profiles in each country.


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Tackling ICT Competences Mismatches in Europe


The demand for skilled ICT practitioners is growing steadily as digital technology becomes the backbone of Europe’s economy. However, if the number of ICT professionals doesn’t increase quickly, up to 756.000 ICT vacancies could remain unfilled by 2020 across Europe.

Addressing the issue of e-competence mismatches is an effective approach to tackle the shortfall of ICT professionals. It is indeed more important than ever to enable current and aspiring ICT professionals to compare their competences against those needed for typical ICT job profiles. This helps identify training and professional development opportunities to transition to new roles and even to start an ICT career.


How the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark Can Help

Button_benchmarkThe CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark is a free online tool that can help address competence mismatches in the ICT profession. Individuals can use this tool to compare their competences with the requirements of 23 common ICT professional profiles.

eCFlogoThe CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark is powered by the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), a reference framework of 36 ICT competences that has been developed by the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) Workshop on ICT Skills, and that is supported by the European Commission.

An Initiative of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

Grand CoalitionThis initiative was carried as part of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, an EU-wide initiative to address the competence mismatches and fill vacancies of IT practitioners to boost employment. Read more

As experts predict that the demand for skilled ICT professionals will far outstrip supply, it is more important than ever to enable current and aspiring ICT professionals to compare their competences against those needed for typical ICT job profiles. This helps identify training and professional development opportunities to transition to new roles and even to start an ICT career.