A new report predicts an additional 395,000 new jobs in ICT occupations by 2030. Ireland is expected to grow ICT jobs by 29% - far in above of the predicted EU average of 11%.
Cedefop the independent EU agency for developing skills policy and Skills Panorama the analysis unit charged with turning labour market data into accurate and timely intelligence have delivered their latest new insights into skill needs in the European Union and at a country level including Ireland.
The report also looks at a range of drivers which will influence skills changes such as job automation - with ICT professionals among the very few professions at low risk of automation.
Risk of Automation: As a part of its Digitalisation and future of work project, Cedefop estimates the risks of automation for occupations. The most exposed occupations are those with significant share of tasks that can be automated – operation of specialised technical equipment, routine or non-autonomous tasks – and those with a small reliance on communication, collaboration, critical thinking and customer-serving skills.
The risk of automation is further accentuated in occupations where employees report little access to professional training that could help them to cope with labour market changes. ICT professionals are reportedly an occupation with very low risk of automation.
To promote mobility of ICT professionals across sectors in the economy and/or EU Member States, the European Commission offers eCF - the eCompetence Framework a “common European framework for ICT professionals in all industry sectors”. The figure below offers an overview of the e-competences identified, level of expertise required etc.
The Irish Computer Society is pioneering work in this area through the provision of CareerPlus free to members enabling Irish-based ICT professionals to record and manage their continuous professional development. CareerPlus is built on the eCF framework meaning all ICS members will have a skills profile recognised in all EU member states.