Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fall of the share of ICT in Europe (EU report)

While the use of computers in the work place is increasing, a recent report from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, reveals that the share of ICT graduates in Europe has discreased from 4% in 2005 to 3.4% in 2009. "The highest increases were registered in Malta (1.9% of all graduates in 2005 to 5.6% in 2009) and Hungary (2.0% to 3.4%), and the largest decreases in Portugal (5.1% to 1.7%) and the United Kingdom (5.9% to 4.0%). In 2009, the highest shares of computing graduates were found in Malta and Austria (both 5.6% of all graduates), Spain (5.1%), Cyprus (4.7%) and Estonia (4.4%).

The report also highlights varying degrees of computer skills among EU citizens. More than three quarters of those aged 16-74 in the EU have used a computer, with the highest shares observed in Sweden (96%), Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (all 94%). However countries like Romania (50%), Bulgaria (55%) and Greece (59%) are still lagging far behind.

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