Thursday, July 7

Government and employers highlight the need to improve digital skills: “There are 70,000 unfilled positions”

The Government and the technological employer DigitalES have highlighted that the improvement of the technical skills of the Spanish population is one of the main needs of the Spanish digital economy: “It is paradoxical that having an unemployment rate as high as the one we suffer, we are leaving without covering so many jobs that require different levels of digital skills, “said the president of the business association, Eduardo Serra, a former defense minister at the time of Aznar.

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The “deficit of technological specialists” ranges between 70,000 and 75,000 people, said Serra during the Digitales Summit 2021, a congress organized by this technological employer that will be held over the next three days in Madrid. “” We are rapidly heading to 100,000 unfilled jobs, “he has advanced, because” the forecasts are that these needs will double every two years. “According to DigitalES, these technical positions exceed the average Spanish salary by about 11,000 euros per year. .

“Infrastructures are very important, but we have to make sure to boost the population’s digital computing capabilities, this is one of the absolute priorities for the Government,” agreed Nadia Calviño, Second Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, in charge of the official opening of the event.

In this sense, Calviño recalled that the Government approved this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers an endowment of 600 million euros for the autonomous communities to expand professional training plans. The minister has also used her participation in Congress to announce that the Government has approved the investment of 26 million euros to provide coverage to several railway stations of the high-speed network.

The places chosen for this deployment are Barcelona and La Llagosta; Madrid-Vicálvaro; Seville; Valencia; Valladolid, Júndiz (Vitoria-Gasteiz) and Zaragoza, points that have been selected because they are areas of logistics concentration, or are part of national or international logistics corridors, he explained.

The first day of the Congress was closed by the Minister of Education and Vocational Training (FP), Isabel Celáa, who also emphasized training in digitization, highlighting the importance of being inclusive and breaking down the entry barriers that in Sometimes women meet.

Another of the announcements that have been made during the day has been made by the director of Huawei in Spain, Tony Jin Yong, who has stated that his company plans to enable its own facilities and equipment in Spain to investigate Artificial Intelligence, specifically in learning automatic computing and natural language processing.

This initiative will be developed specifically in Dfactory, a 17,000 square meter space promoted by the Consortium of the Barcelona Free Trade Zone and which is focused on R&D, and which, according to its CEO, Joan Parra, will be inaugurated in September.