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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