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Practical implementation of e-CF and other factors for boosting ICT professionalism in Europe

15 December 2016

Together with building consensus on a comprehensive and consistent ICT professionalism framework, the efforts of the eCF Alliance focus on practical testing of correlations between e-competences, vocational qualification systems, certification paths and content from the point of view of training providers.

The work of the consortium builds on the results of a survey run from November 2015 to March 2016 among more than 100 ICT-related companies and organisations in 6 European countries, meant to provide national-level input to a study on the-state-of-the-art on ICT professions and market, and employability trends. It involved VET providers, competence certifications and credit systems providers, social partners and professional associations.

The respondents highlighted that awareness of the private sector of EU standards is still low and the priorities for fostering the ICT profession are: educational programmes aligned with industry needs; embedding technical multi-disciplinarity in the curricula; and building further awareness of the importance of e-competences  for innovation, competitiveness and employability.

Survey participants also identified 15 e-competences  -among the 40 listed in the e-CF- that according to them are the most important for ICT professionals and should be developed and analyzed from an educational outcomes and educational objectives perspective:

  • A.9 Innovating

  • E.8 Information Security Management

  • A.5 Architecture Design

  • A.1 Information Systems and Business Strategy Alignment

  • B.1 Application Development

  • B.6 Systems Engineering

  • D.1 Information Security Strategy Development

  • C.4 Problem Management

  • A.6 Application Design

  • D.2 ICT Quality Strategy Development

  • B.3 Testing

  • E.6 ICT Quality Management

  • A.3 Business Plan Development

  • A.7 Technology Trend Monitoring

  • B.2 Component Integration

According to the stakeholders who answered the survey, the domains were the gap between supply and demand is bigger are:

  • Software development – indicated by 27 respondents

  • Business/ management (i.e. project management, strategical thinking, agile methodologies etc.) – indicated by 26 respondents

  • Cyber security– indicated by 14 respondents.


Many of the results from this survey were confirmed in the analysis made by Capgemini Consulting, Ernst & Young, and IDC in the  interim report on the “Development and Implementation of a European Framework for the IT profession” released in June 2016.

For more information, please contact: 

Pavel Varbanov, European Software Institute - Center Eastern Europe

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