Digitalisation is taking over
The European Commission organised its biggest digital event of the year, ICT2015, with more than 7000 participants in Lisbon. Eurocadres was also there, represented by Policy Officer Janina Mackiewicz and by Economist Fredrik Söderqvist, from Unionen in Sweden.
The biggest aims and challenges for the digital era are how to create growth and jobs. Many talk about the 900.000 unfilled vacancies and skills mismatch in Europe, which were also mentioned at the event. Commissioner Moedas spoke about how the digital processes are changing the way we do business and mentioned that Europe has to become better at leading and innovating.
Commissioner Oettinger emphasised in his opening speech that the social partners are need when going ahead with the Digital Agenda.
- Many see both risks and challenges with the new kinds of jobs and skills that are needed in the modern labour market. On one hand there are several opportunities, and on the other some traditionally required skills will not be needed any more, says Mackiewicz.
"Many start-ups talk about removing barriers and obstacles that exist for entrepreneurs. However, sometimes it is forgotten that some of these are essential to protect workers."
In a panel debate on digital skills and learning, it was highlighted that lifelong learning should be the norm. You cannot teach someone digital skills and think that the job is done – technology changes constantly and skills upgrade is a continuous process.
- Many start-ups talk about removing barriers and obstacles that exist for entrepreneurs. However, sometimes it is forgotten that some of these are essential to protect workers, says Söderqvist. The social partners need to play a proactive role in shaping the emerging digital economy.