Promotion of e-leadership skills and provision of Europe with a larger talent pool of highly-skilled entrepreneurs, managers and professionals requires a comprehensive agenda (2016-2020) for e-leadership. The new agenda to be elaborated is to take digital education and entrepreneurship policies fully into account, address labour market disruptions resulting from ICT developments and integrate new analyses of leadership skills for liberal professions such as doctors and lawyers, be broad enough to exploit synergy with emerging leadership skills requirements in businesses exploiting Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Key Enabling Technologies, and is to be explicitly international in scope.

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Report on Talent for Europe – proposal for a European high-tech leadership skills agenda for 2020 and beyond
This report identifies key areas where investment is needed to ensure that Europe has a sufficient talent pool of high-tech leaders in the future. There is a broad agreement to tackle the high-tech leadership skills issue and mobilise stakeholders in an EU-wide effort to scale up the supply of talent. The “high-tech leadership skills agenda for 2020 and beyond” is addressing these issues and is providing guidance for action under six strategic priorities.

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For Europe, a potential of more than 750,000 new ICT jobs until 2020
The demand for e-skills keeps growing at a tremendous pace. In 2020 the European labour market is projected to grow by more than 670,000 new jobs, but it could absorb another 756,000 ICT practitioners if only sufficient supply were in sight

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e-Leadership - Digital Skills for SMEs: There is a job to do! – Latest figures and results from the European initiative

Innovative e-leadership positions in Europe are estimated to be around 620,000 in 2015. Demand is estimated to reach 776,000 in 2020. 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. There is a job to do!

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“Acquiring e-Leadership Skills - Fostering the Digital Transformation of Europe” brochure and report, available online now (May 2015)

Published under the title “NEW CURRICULA FOR E-LEADERSHIP SKILLS IN EUROPE” (final report), the first results of the initiative on e-leadership are to be presented to the public in time for the EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL AND KEY ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES SKILLS on 1 – 2 June 2015 in Brussels ( and at The same holds true for the 36-page brochure summarising the results of this service contract.

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EU28 Country Reports on e-Leadership Skills for SMEs - A Snapshot and Scoreboard of e-Leadership Skills in Policy, Higher Education and the Labour Market

Country Reports on e-leadership have just been released by empirica and can be downloaded at: and These reports provide descriptions of national e-leadership policies and initiatives, higher education programmes and the labour market with a focus on SMEs and start-ups. A new e-leadership scoreboard is providing for the first time a tool for monitoring and benchmarking European countries on relevant e-leadership dimensions and indicators.

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E-skills and e-leadership skills 2020 - Trends and forecasts for the European ICT professional and digital leadership labour market

This empirica Working Paper has been released in time for the European Commission Digital Single Market Strategy calling for action also for boosting digital and e-leadership skills acquisition and learning to foster the digital transformation of Europe.

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The high-tech skills gap in Europe will reach 500,000 in 2025 with a strong polarisation of skills needed

The demand for high-tech skills is on a solid growth track. empirica is anticipating that the number of IT practitioners will grow from 8 million in...

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empirica forecasts reveal that Europe needs to generate 50,000 new high-tech leaders per year or a total of 450,000 until 2025

High-tech savviness is increasingly required in leadership positions. People who combine business expertise, high-tech acumen and leadership skills...

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The service contract has been awarded in August 2015 by the European Commission to a consortium led by empirica to undertake this work.

The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)