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Netherlands – Randstad wants to close IT skills gap

25 January 2013

Dutch staffing company Randstad pledged to close the digital skills gap in Europe, following calls made on Friday by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Randstad is an advisor of the Grand Coalition for digital job creation, an EU-wide partnership targeted at addressing mismatches and filling vacancies of IT practitioners to boost employment.

Randstad CEO Ben Noteboom said: “We recognise the ever-growing scarcity of IT skills across Europe, a challenge that our clients are facing on a daily basis. We pledge our expertise in IT recruitment to ensure every open IT vacancy and potential candidate will get full exposure to available opportunities.

“We look forward to supporting the digital agenda and most importantly increasing employment in IT. This will be an ongoing commitment for the EC’s 2020 road map and beyond.”

The Randstad pledge to the digital agenda includes the promotion of IT vacancies to academics through job and career events. The firm wants to support IT professionals and raise awareness of updating skills and certifications. It also wants to leverage existing knowledge in IT recruitment from other parts of the world.

“When our professional IT recruiters identify skill gaps with candidates, we can direct them to the recommended support associations to further attain certifications and new skills. Timing of job fulfillment will be key,” Randstad said. 


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