There are currently 9,000 vacancies in the ICT sector in Belgium – a factor that his holding back economic growth. Over the past five years 20,000 extra workers have recruited in the country’s information and communication industry. Yet there is still a shortage.
The shortage of qualified ICT workers is having a negative impact on the economy as a whole and it is estimated that if the jobs were filled the country’s national output would rise by 1 billion euros.
Belgian Premier, Elio Di Rupo, himself a chemist, has called on young people in the country to study to become a scientist or engineer.