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Lack of Coding Skills May Lead to Skills Shortage in Europe

Lack of Coding Skills May Lead to Skills Shortage in Europe

The European Commission (EC) is urging people to learn code.

The EC has warned that a lack of basic coding skills could result in Europe facing a shortage of up to 900,000 IT professionals by 2020. The EC believes programming is everywhere and fundamental to the understanding of a hyper-connected world.

According to the cCommission, the number of graduates in Computer Science is not keeping pace with the demand for skills within the industry.

The Commission said: "If we do not appropriately address this issue at a European and national level, we may face a skills shortage of up to 900,000 ICT professionals by 2020. The share of women in choosing technical careers is also alarmingly low. Coding is a way to attract girls to choose tech careers."

Basic coding skills look to become crucial for many jobs in the near future as we move to a more cloud-based and connected devices world.

The Commission is backing EU Code Week - and aims to make coding more visible.

The UK will introduce programming to the national curriculum this year.


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