Shortage of 3,000 IT workers

30th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2007, BRUSSELS – Brussels is sixth on a ranking of the most IT business friendly cities in Europe. But the capital will have to take urgent action to retain and improve this position. This emerged from a study presented this morning by Agoria, the federation of businesses in the technology sector. Mobility and the lack of IT workers in the capital are the biggest problems.

30 August 2007

BRUSSELS – Brussels is sixth on a ranking of the most IT business friendly cities in Europe. But the capital will have to take urgent action to retain and improve this position. This emerged from a study presented this morning by Agoria, the federation of businesses in the technology sector. Mobility and the lack of IT workers in the capital are the biggest problems.

"The ICT sector in Brussels accounts for 29,000 jobs. It is a growth sector that generates income for the region," says Floriane de Kerchove, director of Agoria Brussels. But if the Brussels region does not take action, the engine behind this growth will stall."

There are 3,000 IT workers too few. Other European cities like Prague and Bratislava score much higher in that area. Agoria says that 900 job seekers in Brussels should be enrolled in an ICT degree programme before the end of this year.

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