Press release: Promoting e-Leadership Skills Scaling up and broadening our ambition for Europe

Europe requires up to 200,000 e-leaders by 2020, i.e. 40,000 per year. Without further action Europe will not be in a position to create this number. Building on previous efforts, a new initiative of the European Commission will develop a comprehensive agenda (2016-2020) for e-leadership.

30 September 2015

Europe requires up to 200,000 e-leaders by 2020, i.e. 40,000 per year. Without further action Europe will not be in a position to create this number. Building on previous efforts, a new initiative of the European Commission will develop a comprehensive agenda (2016-2020) for e-leadership. It will take digital education and entrepreneurship policies into account, as well as addressing labour market disruptions resulting from IT developments and integrating new analyses of leadership skills for liberal professions (e.g. accounting). The agenda is to be broad enough to exploit synergy with emerging leadership skills requirements in businesses exploiting advanced manufacturing and key enabling technologies. It will also be international in scope. All relevant stakeholders, governments, education and training providers, industry and professional associations, are invited to join forces in this initiative.
If Europe is to compete, grow, and generate jobs in the 21st century, it must address the current acute shortage of talent capable of leading the innovation needed to capitalise on advances in new digital and key enabling technologies. Economic growth to create jobs requires that innovation opportunities are identified and effectively exploited. This in turn demands relevant e-leadership skills. These are the skills that lead towards designing business models and taking advantage of innovation opportunities, making best use of new technologies, and delivering value. They are the skills required of an individual in the modern economy to initiate and achieve innovation.
Leadership is of crucial importance for companies and industry to excel in their business operation and key to using new technologies for innovation and transformation, managed in a relevant organisational context and embedded in the business strategy. Latest forecasts of empirica for the European Commission already show that demand is growing throughout European industry to improve the quality of digital leadership. While no official statistics exist to date regarding the demand or supply of these skills, an estimate for the year 2013 quantifies the number of potential e-leadership positions in Europe to be in an order of magnitude of 568,000 individuals. Extrapolating growth trends, there are probably 620,000 such individuals in 2015. A majority of almost 60% comes from the business units in companies and not from IT departments.
Forecasting digital leadership demand even further into the future, we rely on estimated growth rates in analogy to the most highly skilled IT positions. As a result demand is estimated to reach 776,000 in 2020. Taking account of expansion and replacement demand, Europe will so need 200,000 additional innovation e-leaders by 2020, or 40,000 per year! The European Commission sees the need to keep momentum and scale-up efforts relating to the promotion of e-leadership skills. The aim is to provide Europe with a larger talent pool of highly-skilled entrepreneurs, managers and professionals.
Key stakeholders throughout Europe are asked to join forces in this initiative with those already actively pursuing actions in this area. Such a joint action will allow stakeholders to benefit from a coordinated approach across all EU Member States and involving relevant actors at the European Commission integrating a multitude of perspectives into a coherent framework with a clear allocation of task and responsibilities and a clear financing and funding plan with the specification of the necessary funding sources and access to these which is endorsed by all stakeholders concerned.
The initiative has started in September 2015 and will run until January 2017. The ultimate achievement would be the establishment of a:

  • Working document on “European guidelines for curriculum development for e-leadership skills” as a contribution to the work of the CEN ICT Skills Workshop (January 2016);
    Interim report (May 2016)
  • Draft final report (October 2016)
  • Experts workshops (December 2015, April, September and October 2016 – dates tbc)
  • High level conference (December 2016)
  • Final report (January 2017)

The initiative is characterized by its collaborative approach. Close collaboration with experts in different fields is key in the development, validation and implementation of the e-leadership in Europe agenda (2016-2020). Throughout the activity, various events will be organised aimed at exchanging knowledge, receiving feedback and creating support. Your contributions and input will be highly appreciated.

Contact: Werner B. Korte, Tobias Hüsing, Eriona Dashja at: scale(at)empirica(dot)com or telephone +49 228 98530-0. The website will become available at www.eskills-scale.eu.
The initiative is carried out by empirica in cooperation with PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC), IDC Europe and Carl Benedikt Frey and Thor Berger from the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University.
EASME: Andreea-Bianca.PUIA(at)ec.europa(dot)eu and
European Commission: GROW-F3(at)ec.europa(dot)eu

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This initiative was launched by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry in January 2013

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