Two million IT experts will be missing in the European Union for two years. This despite the fact that this area is one of the best evaluated in the labor market, including Slovakia.
According to the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic, the average monthly salary in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) was 1,714 euros per year. Overall, 57,000 IT specialists worked in this sector in Slovakia.
"Even fewer than 40,000 people were in 2010. The number of people in the ICT sector is increasing, but the demands of the market are increasing as many areas of our lives are digitizing more, so Slovakia misses IT experts "said Slovenka Sporitelna Lenka. Buchláková. The IT sector has also seen sales growth in Slovakia in recent years. Since 2010, sales have grown 37.5% to 6.3 billion euros in 2017.
Men IT specialists are still significantly more than women. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says that within one of its member countries, only one of the 200 girls aged 15 years wants to work in IT, with one boy in every 20. At the same time, so many boys and girls expect to become engineers, scientists or architects.
According to the analyst, despite the fact that higher education per year results in more women than men in OECD countries, only 24% of engineering graduates and 25% of IT graduates are women. According to the Eurostat European Statistics Office, the percentage of women in IT has fallen in the EU in the last ten years. While their share of the IT sector was 22.5% in 2010, they were slightly above 17% in 2017.
This trend is not limited to IT workers, but also to the business sector. Only ten of the innovative startups looking to invest in venture capital were founded by women. At the same time, they receive 23% less money than those raised by men.
"If more people, including women, could be attracted to the IT sector, this would also lead to economic growth in the Union, with more than 1.2 million jobs created by 2050. Gross domestic product could thus rise by 820 billion of euros until now, "adds the analyst.