7900 ICT specialists work in Cyprus, or 2.2% of the workforce, Eurostat says

In Cyprus in 2016, 7900 persons were employed as Information and Communication Technologies (ITC) specialists instead of 8100 in 2011, representing a 2.2% of total employment (instead of 2% in 2011). 80.3% of them are men, 72.9% attended tertiary education and 35.8% are younger than 35. Still a quite significant 35% of enterprizes based in Cyprus, finds it hard to get by ICT professionals to fill vacant posts.

Meanwhile in the European Union (EU), 8.2 million persons were employed in 2016 as Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) specialists, representing 3.7% of total employment.

Even in the EU the profession is largely made up of men, accounting in 2016 for more than 8 out of 10 ICT specialists employed in the EU (83.3%), and of highly educated people, with more than 6 in 10 ICT specialists (61.8%) having a tertiary education or higher. In 2016, 1 in 5 enterprises in the EU (20%) employed ICT specialists and nearly 1 in 10 (9%) recruited or tried to recruit ICT specialists. However, 41% of enterprises which recruited or tried to recruit ICT specialists had difficulties in filling vacancies. These data, issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, are notably used for several EU policies, in particular the initiatives under the Digital Single Market strategy.

In 2016, three Member States accounted for half of all ICT specialists employed in the EU. These were the United Kingdom (1.6 million persons), Germany (1.5 million) and France (1.0 million). In relative terms, the highest shares of ICT specialists in total employment were recorded in Finland (6.6%) and Sweden (6.3%), ahead of Estonia (5.3%), the United Kingdom (5.1%) and the Netherlands (5.0%). At the opposite end of the scale, Greece (1.4%) registered the lowest proportion, followed by Romania (2.0%), Cyprus and Latvia (both 2.2%). Compared with 2011, both the absolute number and the share of ICT specialists in total employment increased in almost all Member States by 2016, notably in Estonia, France, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary. At EU level between 2011 and 2016, the number of ICT specialists rose by 1.8 million persons and their share in total employment grew from 3.0% to 3.7%.

In the EU in 2016, 41% of enterprises which recruited or tried to recruit ICT specialists reported hard-to-fill vacancies. The highest percentages were recorded in the Czech Republic (66% of enterprises which recruited or tried to recruit ICT specialists), followed by Slovenia (63%), Luxembourg and Austria (both 61%), Belgium (59%), Estonia (58%) and the Netherlands (57%). In contrast, this share was lowest in Spain (17%), Greece (28%), Poland and Italy (both 31%) as well as Portugal (32%)

Source: Cyprus News Agency