Nicolas Christidis - Jan 7, 2020

1 in 5 IT jobs may not be filled by 2030

Did you know that 85% of the jobs we will see in 2030 do not exist yet? That means that the majority of the jobs of tomorrow are either completely non-existent or will have to undergo major transformation from their current state. Medicine, cleaning (sorting, recycling, etc.), construction and mass distribution are just a few examples of the sectors where jobs will need to be renewed. 

A big change ahead

By 2030, there will be 584,000 vacant jobs in Belgium, while 310,000 people will be required to adapt and redirect their career. In more precise terms, 18% of IT jobs are at risk of not being filled, while currently just 16,000 are vacant. It will therefore be essential to train workers in order to transform the society of tomorrow into a truly digital society.


Into action

To address this future problem, Agoria has identified 4 areas to capitalise on: upgrading and reconverting skills, activating job seekers and stimulating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

In concrete terms, Agoria has created a skill-scanning tool which assesses candidates’ digital skills and then sets out a training plan that is appropriate to each profile. 


In addition, an increasing number of private companies are launching free training courses (including one lasting 10 months at BeCode Brussels' premises) to meet the growing demand for IT profiles. In the long term, therefore, demand should (partly) meet supply, but what about the short term and companies that need IT profiles right now?

A different but effective solution

According to William Watelet, Project Manager at Le Forem working on anticipating the needs for skills and services on the Belgian labour market, 

the most popular role is Developer, with 1,360 job offers in Wallonia in 2018, followed by IT Analyst (396 opportunities) and IT Operations Manager (385 opportunities).

Fortunately, there are powerful digital tools that connect developers with companies. This is still a novelty in recruitment, but some tools have been developed in Europe, such as in Germany and in France. 

In Belgium, it’s the platform that wants to make a contribution to tackling the growing shortage of developers. This platform, currently in the beta-testing stage, will allow companies to find the rare gem they seek and at an attractive price compared to the cost of traditional recruitment, which can be very high.

Want to be part of this exciting project? Become one of our beta testers and enjoy the significant benefits for early adopters.

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Written by Nicolas Christidis

Nico is a true people leader and a talent whisperer. Has been in recruitment since before you could say “1999." After work, you will see him cheering for AS Saint-Étienne or on a tatami mat practising martial arts.