Based on its findings, the study highlights the pressing need to discover new essentials of cooperation between European policymakers, enterprises, higher education and the actors of the private education sector to be able to give the important, quality workforce in this accelerated sector. The digital workforce in the EU: almost 9 million professionals 2018, some 8.9 million professionals were working as ICT experts across the EU-28 which makes up for 3.9 % of the total employees of the researched countries. This also means that in ten years, the number of ICT specialists in the EU has gone up by more than 40%. While the employment shares are constantly the most in Western Europe, most of the countries from the CEE region – like the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Hungary – are already surpassing or closing in on the European average share. While widening employment in the ICT section means that Europe is keeping up with the global league, the need for e-skills continues to increase. In 2020, the European labor market is predicted to be lacking more than 670,000 ICT professionals as SMEs and multinational companies are fighting for ICT employees to be able to correspond with the pressing needs of digital change. Again, the number of respondents telling about the difficulties when hiring a digital workforce in the CEE region is increasing.
As a result of the constantly growing market demand, ICT salaries are extremely competitive throughout the world. However, earnings ultimately depend on factors such as country, gender, age, education level, and the type of job. Payments are also more at bigger industries and freelancers usually tend to earn more than the company workforce.