What are the trends for the future? 2
Employment in the ICT professionals occupation is expected to grow by 11 per cent between 2018 and 2030, following the 29 per cent growth observed over the period 2006 to 2018. The 11 per cent growth will result in there being an additional 395,000 new jobs in the occupation by 2030. 27 out of 28 analysed European countries are expected to create more jobs for ICT professionals.
Figure 2: Future employment growth of ICT professionals in European countries (2018-2030, in %)
This understates the growth in demand for people to work as ICT professionals. Over the period 2018-2030 an estimated 1.2 million people are projected to leave the occupation for one reason or another such as retirement 3 . Given the projected increase in employment over the same period, this will result in there being around 1.6 million job openings that will need to be filled between 2018 and 2030.
Figure 3: Future job openings of ICT professionals (2018-2030)
With regards to education level, the qualifications profile of the occupation will not change much over the period 2018 to 2030. It is an occupation where most of the workforce are highly qualified. In 2018, 71 per cent of ICT professionals had a high level qualification and is expected to rise to 74 per cent in 2030. A quarter of the workforce – 25 per cent – held medium level qualifications in 2018 and this will remain more or less unchanged to stand at 23 per cent in 2030. The penetration of ICT across business processes, production and services will sustain the trend for high qualification requirements in the period 2018 to 2030.
Half of ICT professionals work in ICT services sector and the other across all sectors of the economy, especially in manufacturing, professional services and finance and insurance services.
More information on employment trends for this occupation can be found here.