Digital skills - Challenges and opportunities during the pandemic
Cedefop - 25/02/2021
Cedefop investigates how the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated digital skills demand in ICT- and non-ICT-related occupations.
In modern societies, digital skills function as an enabler of active citizenship and a driver of green and digital transitions. Apart from particular sectors and occupations (e.g. ICT technicians and ICT professionals) which develop and provide digital goods and services, these skills are increasingly becoming a transversal requirement in most occupations and sectors.
Digital divides in Europe
Only three in 10 EU citizens had above basic digital skills in 2019, with significant regional differences. In northern and western EU Member States, digital skills are much better developed than in countries in the south and east.
Figure 1: Share of individuals (aged 16-74) with above basic digital skills in 2019
Source: Cedefop Skills Panorama, Digital skills use, own calculations.