What is IT professionalism?
There is an increasing need for IT professionals in Europe as the skills gap between market demand and supply continues to grow – latest figures show a potential lack of 749,000 IT professionals by 2020 in Europe. To address this challenge, we need to attract talent to the different IT roles, while developing an established structure for the IT profession to facilitate effective recruitment and continued growth of the professional.
It is important that both IT professionals and their employers know what the right skills and competences are to be successful in the field. They need a common reference point for new trainings and education to continue development and keep up with a fast-moving digital sector. It is also important that a shared standard for ethical aspects is developed, providing guidelines for suitable professional conduct, as IT is used in every-day life.
The technical group of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), TC 428, is actively managing and carrying out initiatives to mature the IT Profession.
There is a common approach to what key elements needed are, and these have been placed under the ‘four pillars of IT professionalism’:
ITPE is actively supporting this process by bringing together stakeholders to further the establishment of a mature IT profession. Read more here.
Resources related to IT professionalism:
- Capgemini EY & IDC (2016): Development and Implementation of a European Framework for IT Professionalism
Capgemini EY & IDC (2016): Strengthening IT Professionalism in Europe – A European framework for IT professionalism to support and further mature the IT profession, and increase Europe’s digital talent pool
- IVI & CEPIS (2015): e-Skills & ICT Professionalism – Fostering the ICT Profession in Europe
Reports about digital skills forecasts and other relevant sources:
- IT Professionalism 2018 Conference – Presentations
- empirica GmbH (2014): e-Leadership Skills for SMEs
empirica GmbH (2014): New Curricula for e-Leadership – Delivering Skills for an Innovative and Competitive EuropeEuropean e-Skills 2014 Conference: e-Leadership and IT Professionalism – Presentations
- empirica GmbH (2013): e-Skills: Monitoring and Benchmarking Policies and Partnerships in Europe (Final Report and 27 Country Reports) – Monitor 2013
- empirica GmbH (2013): e-Skills: Monitoring and Benchmarking Policies and Partnerships in Europe (Final Report and 27 Country Reports) – Conference documents
- Towards a European Quality label for ICT industry training and certification
- e-Skills for Competitiveness and Innovation: Vision, Roadmap and Foresight Scenarios
- Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – E-skills for the 21st century: fostering competitiveness, growth and jobs