Ecorys study on impact of digital technologies and transformation on jobs and skills published by the European Commission

A one size fits all approach to digital skills must be avoided in Europe, a study by Ecorys for the European Commission has recommended.

This study "ICT for Work: Digital skills in the workplace", launched by The European Commission, DG CONNECT, was carried out by Ecorys and the Danish Technological Institute. 

The study examined the transformation of jobs in the digital economy in the European Union, investigating the penetration of digital technologies into workplaces, the digital skills required by employers and the digital skills currently available in workplaces.

It found that the digitisation of the economy is one of the most important drivers behind the profound transformation of the labour market and the way people work, which is thought likely to become even more significant in the years to come.

This new paradigm represents a major challenge for employers, workers and public authorities, and the challenges needs to be fully understood in order to identify the most appropriate policy options to transform them into opportunities for all.

An employers’ survey and qualitative interviews on the impact of ICT on job quality were carried out as part of the study. Rooted in an extensive review of academic and scientific literature, existing surveys and data from other statistical sources, this study aims to fill existing research gaps.

For more information, visit the European Commission’s website, or download the report.

The press release is available here

For more information contact Maurizio Curtarelli, Associate Director.