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Europe’s economic recovery requires eSkills

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In worst of financial crisis, Europe is looking forward to get out of it and digitisation might be the key to this attempt. Business should be competitive to cope internationally and professionals are required to be trained in e-skills. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, unleased the Europe 2020 plan that detailed the blueprint for Europe's recovery and a sustainable social market economy that is competitive, innovative and inclusive. Information and communication technologies (ICT) like mobile phones and the Internet are an essential part of this.

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Europe comprises of almost four million ICT professsionals which is more than double the level of 1995. These experts increasingly work in fields like the automotive, banking, finance, graphic arts and media sectors – and other ICT user industries – (54.5%) and less than half now work in the traditional ICT industry (45.5%). Far from being an ICT sector issue, Europe's growing e-skills shortage is affecting the productivity and the competitiveness of all types of organisations (large and small) across society.

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