But Europe is facing a lack of developers and insufficiently adapted training.
“The European mobile apps sector has become the champion of the digital economy in less than five years”. It is in these terms that the European Commission introduces the results of a study it commissioned from Gigacom on the sector. More specifically, it estimates that it could contribute to the European economy to the tune of 63 billion euros by 2018, against 17.5 billion this year.
This is good news for the real economy since this strong growth should generate 4.8 million jobs in the European Union, including 2.7 million in the development part and 2.1 in “support”. A level twice as high as the current 1.8 million positions, according to the report.
“Faced with the increase in youth unemployment, these figures give me hope. The app sector is one of the areas of the digital economy where Europe is really at the forefront ”enthuses Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, before asserting that we must“ dispel fears about connectivity and fragmentation ”and therefore“ completing the single telecommunications market ”.
Welcoming that “40% of the most lucrative apps in the EU and the United States were created by 28 leading European companies”, the file however highlights that 25% of companies believe that there is a lack of developers, and nearly a third of them consider that their training does not meet the needs.