Digital skills in the EU labour market

19-01-2017

Digital technology is more and more interwoven into every field of public, private and working life. Consequently, digital skills have a growing importance for everybody. How can society and its citizens, in particular vulnerable groups, such as the disabled or the long-term unemployed, get onto the digital train and stay abreast of new technologies and methods? How can digital skills at the workplace be developed and used more efficiently? What has already been done at Member State and EU level and what are the challenges ahead? This publication seeks to answer these questions through by describing the characteristics and types of digital skills, and exploring their presence in society and on the labour market. It further analyses the digital literacy of workers, gives an overview of EU-level actions undertaken in this domain, and points to some best practices aimed at improving the current situation.

Digital technology is more and more interwoven into every field of public, private and working life. Consequently, digital skills have a growing importance for everybody. How can society and its citizens, in particular vulnerable groups, such as the disabled or the long-term unemployed, get onto the digital train and stay abreast of new technologies and methods? How can digital skills at the workplace be developed and used more efficiently? What has already been done at Member State and EU level and what are the challenges ahead? This publication seeks to answer these questions through by describing the characteristics and types of digital skills, and exploring their presence in society and on the labour market. It further analyses the digital literacy of workers, gives an overview of EU-level actions undertaken in this domain, and points to some best practices aimed at improving the current situation.