I. New market demand
According to the 2011 January issue of the European Job Mobility Bulletin, based on the vacancies published on the EURES portal, good job opportunities are available for Computing professionals. And according to the 2012 January edition of the European Vacancy Monitor, high skill levels remain important for employment opportunities. As mentioned above, this report indicates the number of job-finders in ICT domain reached 332000 in mid 2011. The objective of PERCCOM is to respond to the shortage of ICT skills and also to support the Europe 2020 Strategy “An Agenda for new skills and jobs” in anticipating the new demand of market explained below:
The directions taken by politics, enterprises and researchers show the interest to train high level students for the new ICT jobs (in short and long terms) in the sustainable development framework. A list of recent reports promoting Environmentally Sustainable ICT activities is given below:
OECD and green ICT activities: The OECD “declaration on green growth”, adopted at the Council Meeting at Ministerial level on 25 June 2009, recognizes that special efforts need to be made at the international level for co-operation on developing clean technology by reinforcing green ICT activities, fostering market mechanisms, augmenting, streamlining and accelerating financing and other support to developing countries in their fight against climate change and the loss of biodiversity, and support in their water management. The recent OECD report “Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth” published in February 2013, mentions the exploitation of ICT for energy and resource use control, and the « cradle to cradle » business model for eliminating wastes.
European Commission and green jobs: Facing the crisis, the report on “A European Economic Recovery Plan” written in November 2008 by the European Commission identifies major strategies for the speed up of the shift towards a low carbon economy. This will leave Europe well placed to apply its strategy for limiting climate change and promoting energy security: a strategy which will encourage new technologies, create new ‘green-collar’ jobs and open up new opportunities in fast growing world markets, will keep energy bills for citizens and businesses in check, and will reduce Europe’s dependence on foreign energy sources.
European Commission and Environmentally Sustainable ICT jobs: Brussels, 9 October 2009, « Making better use of innovative ICT solutions will help us meet Europe’s objectives of a low-carbon economy. The ICT sector can show the way to a more sustainable, environmental-friendly growth and give a boost to green jobs in Europe, » said Ms Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media. « We must seize the chance to lead the way in energy-efficient technologies – not only because it is the best way to achieve sustainable cuts in CO2 emissions, but because the ecological potential of these technologies can open up new business opportunities for European ICT companies. »
II. List of jobs
Executive position in companies: The targeted jobs are ICT professionals and engineers in ICT companies (Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Microsoft, Orange,…) or in companies having their own ICT staff. The main economic sectors concerned are transportation, logistics, energy delivery networks, construction and manufacturing industry. Thanks to their broad scope and European view these students are well prepared to manage a department in companies, as:
- ICT manager. Their training in teamwork enables these students to become project leader of a multinational and multicultural project team.
- R&D-department, working as a project leader on applied research.
Other positions : The broad view on ICT, the capability in making judgements, integrating environment, cultural, social, ethical insights make them very well suited for the following functions:
- Consultancy in a wide spectrum of functions in the domain of green ICT architect.
- Government/public for industry, for environment, for urban/territorial planning/management.
III. Doctoral studies
By completing the specialisation and Master’s project a student is trained to perform a research project and critically reflect on his/her work. So a student is well prepared to function as:
- PhD-student at a university, performing research like studying Network protocols, distributed systems Software development, computer design in respect to the environment constraints.
- PhD-student at a large industry R&D-department, performing applied research, like design of smart systems for supervising, controlling energy, environment, etc.