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The ICT sector in the EU will soon lack experts


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Bratislava, November 17 (TASR) – Two million IT specialists are missing in the European Union for two years. This despite the fact that this area is one of the best ranked in the labor market, including Slovakia. According to the Slovakian statistical office, the average monthly salary in information and communication technology (ICT) was EUR 1714 per year. In total, 57,000 IT specialists worked in this sector in Slovakia.

"Still less than 40,000 in 2010. The number of people in the ICT sector is increasing, but market demands are getting bigger, because many of our lives digitize more, so Slovakia is aware of a lack of IT specialists," he says. said Lenka Buchláková, an analyst of Slovenská sporiteľňa. The IT sector has also noted sales trends in Slovakia in recent years. Since 2010, sales have increased by 37.5 percent to 6.3 billion euros in 2017.

Men IT specialists are still significantly more than women. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) states that only one of the 200 girls at the age of 15 in one of its member states wants to work in the IT area, with boys one of 20. At the same time, many boys expect girls to become engineers, researchers or architects.

According to analysts, although higher education per year ends more women than men in OECD countries, only 24% of engineering degrees and 25% of IT students are women. According to Eurostat's European Statistics Bureau, the proportion of women in IT has fallen within the EU over the past ten years. While their share of the IT sector was 22.5% in 2010, they were just over 17% in 2017.

This trend is not limited to IT workers but also to business. Only 10% of the innovative new start to invest in venture capital is women. At the same time, they receive 23% less money than those created by men.

"If more people, including women, could be attracted to the IT sector, economic growth in the Union would increase, with more than 1.2 million jobs created in 2050. Gross domestic product could thus rise by EUR 820 billion" analyst added.

Source:, TASR News Portal

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