EU seals pact with firms in bid to fill 700,000 tech jobs

BRUSSELS Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:59pm IST

An employee walks past a Hewlett-Packard logo during the second day of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong December 5, 2006. REUTERS/Paul Yeung/Files

An employee walks past a Hewlett-Packard logo during the second day of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong December 5, 2006.

Credit: Reuters/Paul Yeung/Files

Related Topics

Stocks

   

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission unveiled a deal on Friday with Hewlett-Packard(HPQ.N), Telefonica(TEF.MC) and eight other telecoms and technology firms aimed at filling up to 700,000 high tech job vacancies.

Calling it a grand coalition, EU Telecoms Commissioner Neelie Kroes said the companies pledged to offer training, free online university courses or provide start-up funding.

The European Commission is seeking to spur economic growth, boost competitiveness and tackle a record jobless total of 26.1 million in the 27-country European Union, or 10.7 percent of the working population.

High tech vacancies have proven hard to fill because job seekers either do not have the right qualifications, have qualifications not recognised throughout the European Union or do not speak English.

"The digital skills gap is growing, like our unemployment queues," Kroes, who was in Davos for the World Economic Forum, said in a statement on Friday. "We need joint action between governments and companies to bridge that gap."

Other companies which signed up to the pact included German business software group SAP(SAPG.DE), U.S. networking equipment maker Cisco Systems(CSCO.O), world No. 2 staffing agency Randstad(RAND.AS) and Italian oil group Eni(ENI.MI).

Norwegian telecoms provider Telenor(TEL.OL), Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia(NOK1V.HE), Alcatel-Lucent(ALUA.PA) and ARM(ARM.L) also offered pledges to Kroes.

"The ICT (information and communications technology) sector is the new backbone of Europe's economy, and together we can prevent a lost generation and an uncompetitive Europe," Kroes said in a statement.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Mark Potter)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Deal Talk

Reuters Showcase

Yahoo Earnings

Yahoo Earnings

Yahoo ekes out Q3 revenue gain despite display ad weakness.  Full Article 

Cyber Attack

Cyber Attack

China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud - blog.  Full Article 

Shopping Plans

Shopping Plans

Yahoo in talks to buy ad service BrightRoll - TechCrunch.  Full Article 

Data Breach

Data Breach

Staples says investigating possible payment card data breach.  Full Article 

Eavesdropping Agency

Eavesdropping Agency

Outgoing UK spy chief rejects mass surveillance claims.  Full Article 

Tech Deal

Tech Deal

Apple, supplier GT strike deal to unseal info, shutter Arizona plant.  Full Article 

Fat Paycheck

Fat Paycheck

New Microsoft CEO Nadella's pay tops $80 mln with big stock awards.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage