Europe's society and economy are increasingly dependent on ICT. However the increasing lack of e-skills in the European workforce is leading to a growing shortage of highly qualified ICT practitioners. This acts as a barrier to economic growth, competitiveness and employment. The European Commission has therefore been actively promoting e-skills for more than a decade, in order to strengthen the ICT profession and improve ICT professionalism. In 2012, a Framework for ICT Professionalism developed in conjunction with CEPIS, identified four building blocks required to mature the profession: a Body of knowledge (BOK), Competences, Education and Training, and Professional Ethics.
To comply with the recommendation of a BOK building block, a Foundational ICT Body of Knowledge has recently been established. Its purpose is to serve as a go-to reference for the ICT professional requirements of tomorrow. It aims to offer guidance in a continually changing environment, and provide people entering the profession with an overall understanding of ICT domain and professional requirements. This project was carried out by Ernest and Young and Cap Gemini on behalf of the European Commission’s DG GROW.