During the past five years 20,000 extra workers were recruited in the ICT sector. Still, there is a shortage.
Agoria says that its members are experiencing problems finding skilled staff. The organisation stresses that the shortage of qualified ICT workers is having a negative impact on the economy as a whole. It maintains that if the jobs were filled Belgium's national output would rise by 1 billion euros.
Agoria now intends to make an effort to encourage youngsters to go for a career in ICT. Belgian Premier, Elio Di Rupo, himself a chemist, on Thursday called on young people to study to become a scientist or engineer.