The Commission held a major conference on employment policy, under the title "Jobs for Europe", on 6-7 September 2012.
"Jobs for Europe: The Employment Policy Conference - Sectors with high job-creation potential" is the summary report of that conference, within which, the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as determinants of competitiveness is outlined.
According to the report, ICT is a sector where the lack of skilled workforce (the "ICT skills gap") is the most acute. Therefore, acquiring, developing and maintaining ICT skills is vital in becoming and remaining employable.
Moreover, it is one of the sectors of Europe's economy that has been expanding even during the economic crisis: the number of ICT practitiones has been growing at around 3% a year. If currents trends continue, by 2015 there will be 700,000 unfilled vacancies in the EU for ICT practitiones.