European Commission warns of coding skills shortage

by Joe Curtis| 31 July 2014

How non-coders could be out of a job come 2020.

The European Commission (EC) has warned that we face a shortage of 900,000 coders by 2020.

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."

An EU-wide Code Week is set to take place between October 11 and 17, and the Commission pair wrote to EU education ministers to say: "Promoting coding skills in Europe is part of the solution to youth unemployment."

But they have also outlined a range of summer coding courses around Europe, that can be found here, though notably none listed are in the UK.

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