The shortage of workers with digital skills is becoming increasingly critical in terms of the competitiveness of both the Hungarian national economy and individual businesses. The need for an estimated 22,000 additional IT specialists is only the tip of the iceberg: the digital economy needs several hundred thousand professionals with advanced digital skills. Without these key workers, implementation of the Irinyi Plan and the IPAR 4.0 initiative, the technological development of Hungarian SMEs, and attracting new investors to Hungary, or even retaining the existing ones, could come to represent a growing problem.

In the interests of alleviating the digital labour shortage we are announcing a broad-ranging professional forum that – through the participation of the government, professional organisations, trade unions, the major consulting firms and various market operators – will provide an opportunity to showcase the effective short, medium and long-term measures planned in relation to the digital labour shortage, as well as the Digital Labour Programme (DLP) that encompasses these measures.

Speakers at the Digital Labour Market 2017 event:

  • Mihály Varga, Minister for the National Economy
  • Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, member of the European Commission
  • Tamás Deutsch prime minister’s commissioner, Digital Success Programme
  • Farkas Bársony president, American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)
  • Dale A. Martin chairman, German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DUIHK)
  • László Parragh chairman, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Tamás Laufer chairman, ICT Association of Hungary

Purpose of the Digital Labour Market 2017 event: 

  • to identify the actual extent and the various dimensions of the digital labour shortage
  • to identify the competitiveness deficit caused by the digital labour shortage
  • to establish cooperation between the stakeholders
  • to present the Digital Labour Programme (DLP)