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BITKOM is once again responsible for organising the eSkills for Jobs campaign in Germany. As an organisation representing companies in digital sector, BITKOM is harnessing the vast network of STEM-related initiatives in Germany to communicate the connection between eSkills, job opportunities and economic success.

To find out more about eSkills initiatives in your country, including information about jobs and training opportunities, please visit the national website:

„Es geht darum, die digitale Teilhabe und Zukunftsfähigkeit für alle zu sichern und auszubauen. Die Digitalisierung wird nur gelingen, wenn sie neue individuelle Chancen kreiert und die Zuversicht wächst, dass sie das Leben der Menschen sowohl beruflich als auch privat verbessert.“ Thorsten Dirks, Präsident Bitkom e.V. CEO und Vorstandsvorsitzender Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG

"It's about securing and extending digital participation and sustainability for each and everyone. Digitization will only succeed if it creates new individual opportunities and a growing confidence that peoples lives will professionally and personally improve." Thorsten Dirks, President Bitkom CEO und Chairman of the Board Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG 

eSkills manifesto DE


Key Figures

  DE EU27
ICT practitioner workforce in 2012 as Percent of Total Workforce 3.1% 3.43%
Forecast ICT practitioner jobs in 2015 1,299,000 7,503,000
Forecast ICT practitioner jobs in 2020 1,425,000 7,950,000
Vocational training graduates in Computer Science, 2011  14.169 67,000
  Score 2009/2010 Score 2011/2012 EU average
Individuals with high level of computer skills 28% 25% 28.52%
Individuals with high level of internet skills 6% 5% 13.67%
Individuals using the Internet (last three months) 77% 81% 71.33%
Table 1 & 2: Data to be taken from Empirica Country Reports:

National policy / strategy related to e-skills

Digital skills play an important role in the national education policy. The Coalition Agreement (November 2013), which describes the main lines of work of the federal government emphasizes the importance of broad-based digital literacy and also calls decidedly a modern computer science lessons already in primary education. BITKOM supports this aspect of bilateral talks with the state governments responsible for general education.

Facts & Figures for selected areas:

1. School: Virtually all schools have Internet-enabled classrooms and a basic digital equipment. But the use lags behind the possibilities, 40% of all teachers with no previous training in the field of digital media in recent years.

2. Vocational Training: The dual IT occupations are a central component of the junior staff security. 2014 is the number of IT trainees in total around 41,000. Nearly 200,000 graduates of IT professions have been trained since the late 90s.

3. University: in 2013 was attended by some 33,000 young people in Germany on a computer science degree. Which is an increase of 10,000 compared to the year 2003. However, problems are the high dropout rate (approx. 50%) and the low proportion of women (25% of first-year students).

4. Labour Market: The ICT labor market is a job machine. 2014 around 928,000 people employed in the ICT sector, 2009 there were only 835,000. The skills shortage is currently estimated by BITKOM with 35,000 vacancies.

National initiatives related to e-skills

For the digital economy, the Federal Government presented a "Digital Agenda". In the field of education and training are particularly addressed:

  • Strengthening of digital media literacy for all generations
  • The development of a "digital learning strategy" as part of a multi-stakeholder approach in which the entire life course is considered warden.

Under the National IT Summit training issues are addressed vertärkt. Based on initiatives around the theme "Industry 4.0" (eg Academy Cub) is currently preparing a "qualification initiative". In the long term it is about IT-related competencies in the entire width of the vocational education and training.

Last but not least in 2015 the "Year of the digital society" (as part of the funded by the Education and Science Ministry Science Years). With numerous events the general public is made aware of opportunities and prospects of digital life and education worlds. Including the project "Everyone can be programmed. Start Coding "IT skills are promoted in the strict sense!.