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Supporting policies to address the digital skills gap, JRC (2022)

Europe has a strong need for digital skills, but the overall picture differs from one Member State to another and from one demographic group to another. The 2022 report of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre “Supporting policies addressing the digital skills gap” is established in this context.

The report analyses the latest relevant data from official sources on digital skills and jobs, such as Eurostat, OECD and Cedefop, and analyses how the digital skills gap shows in the context of the labour market. In this respect, it aims to close the differences in datasets (based on different methodological approaches) and makes recommendations for societal groups most in need of upskilling and reskilling, which should be prioritised by policy makers. The report tries to answer the following questions:

  1. What types of digital skills gaps can we see in the EU?
  2. Which socio-demographic groups are most in need of concrete policies to acquire digital skills?

Through these questions, research also aims to support several of the latest Digital Decade targets on digital skills, also mentioned in the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan and in the actions of the European Skills Agenda, including: Action 2: Strengthening skills intelligence; Action 3: EU support for strategic national upskilling action; and Action 6: The Commission’s support for digital skills for all; and the Digital Education Action Plan, priority 2, Strengthening digital skills and competences for the digital transformation.

Read the full JRC report on the European Commission website.