EU Commission launches 'grand coalition' to boost Europe's digital economy
The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has called on businesses, governments and education providers to work closer together to boost employment in the IT industry.
Launching a so-called "Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs" on 4 March 2012, Mr Barroso highlighted that by 2015, 90% of jobs would need "at least basic computer skills".
He said that despite the "plague" of youth unemployment, employers were struggling to find people with the right skills.
According to the European Commission, the number of "digital jobs" - jobs based around IT - is growing by around 100,00 every year, yet the number of skilled IT graduates is failing to keep pace.
The Commission's proposals include simplification of the certification system, making it easier to prove what skills a graduate as, regardless of the EU country in which they have worked or studied.
Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor said that despite the fact there 26 million unemployed people across the EU, "demand for personnel in software development has continued to grow".
He added that the IT sector had great potential to boost the employment of disabled people.