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Europe is undergoing a financial and economic crisis with very high and still increasing unemployment rates in many member states but also skills shortages and mismatches in certain occupations and areas of the industry. The latter applies to ICT practitioners and professionals but also and very importantly to ICT savvy executives which industry desperately needs.

To take full advantage of the strategic and operational opportunities offered by information and communication technologies, it is clear that more and better qualified ICT practitioners and professionals as well as e-skilled executives combining ICT and business-related knowledge and skills are needed. It is against this background that the European Commission launched the present project. The ultimate objective of this study was to help reducing innovation skills shortages, gaps and mismatches in Europe, by providing sound, unbiased empirical evidence how the supply and demand for different types of e-skills is evolving in Europe, acknowledging the importance of

e-skills for competitiveness and innovation. To this end, the study developed a shared, coherent vision how supply and demand of e-skills may evolve under different economic scenarios. The aim was to encourage and facilitate the dialogue and cooperation between policy makers and relevant stakeholders at the EU and national levels about the implications and required actions to be taken to address skills gaps and shortages.

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A special focus of the study was on higher-level innovation skills (which we call “e-leadership skills”) next to the analysis of the supply-demand developments for ICT practitioner and ICT user skills. For the former a definition and framework was developed together with first quantitative estimates of an e-leadership skills supply and demand in Europe. For ICT practitioners and professionals scenario-based supply and demand forecasts for the periods up until 2015 and 2020 were developed which revealed a significant excess demand of e-skills in Europe.

The study has contributed to the ‘Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs’ launched by the European Commission in early March 2013.