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Coding in EU – Skills shortage of 900,000 coders by 2020

The European Commission (EC) has warned that we face a shortage of 900,000 coders by 2020. Capture d’écran 2014-07-31 à 09.19.58

The number of computer science graduates is not keeping pace with demand for coding skills, the EC warned this week, as it tries to encourage young people to take up coding over summer.

It also said that the number of women in tech is “alarmingly low” and that 90% of jobs today require basic IT literacy, and coding will become a common requirement in future.

The Commission’s vice president for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, and commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, Androulla Vassiliou, said: “Basic coding skills will also be needed for many jobs in the near future.

“Many open vacancies for ICT practitioners cannot be filled, despite the high level of unemployment in Europe. If we do not appropriately address this issue at a European and national level, we may face a shortage of up to 900,000 ICT professionals by 2020.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at European Commission warns of coding skills shortage – Computer Business Review.

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