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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Templeton and Partners Analysis of Developments and Prediction of Trends in ICT in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Templeton and Partners Analysis of Developments and Prediction of Trends in ICT in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

1. Templeton and Partners insight into ICT Trends and Developments in The Netherlands

Amsterdam is and remains to be a thriving hub for ICT. Often named the ‘The Digital Gateway to Europe’, the Dutch ICT industry accounts for about 4.5% of its GDP, with 365,000 technology related consultants living in the Netherlands in 2019.

The country is considered one of the most connected countries in the world, as it remains to be Europe’s hotspot for leading information and communications technology companies. In fact, 60% of all Forbes 2000 companies active in the IT industry have already established operations in Holland.

Global IT companies including Microsoft, Cisco, Interxion, Infosys, Huawei, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Verizon and Google recently tapped into an unparalleled IT infrastructure, a competitive tax climate and a tech-savvy, English-speaking workforce.

1.a The Netherlands continues to be the home of high tech Innovation

With 70% of all Dutch innovation IT related, is it any wonder then that High tech industries in the Netherlands are among the most innovative in the world, thanks to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research and development. Dutch technological expertise and products are much sought-after and are exported worldwide.
The Netherlands continues to be strong in nanotechnology research and is the world leader in designing, developing and making high tech equipment and micro/nano components. Characteristic features of this equipment are:

-    highly intelligent (embedded systems, software, sensors)
-    very precise (nano-electronics, high precision manufacturing), and
-    highly efficient (mechatronics and smart electronics)

The Dutch high tech sector is all about ‘high value, high mix and high complexity.’ It generally focuses on niche markets, and differentiates itself on technological excellence.
The Netherlands has a computer-savvy population and very high rates of computer/broadband penetration and mobile telephony use.
Additionally, many Dutch companies develop computer games for all major platforms, the internet and mobile telephones with a variety of leading gaming companies have made The Netherlands their main base, including Guerrilla Games, Perfect World, Kixeye and Activision Blizzard.

1.b Dutch Start-Up Ecosystem going from strength to strength

As well as the growth of gaming, The Netherlands has a fascinating rich and vibrant background of creating innovative and disruptive start-ups, which is very clearly a continuing trend. Shining a spotlight on Amsterdam as an example, according to Compass there are between 1,900 and 2,600 tech start-ups in the Amsterdam start-up Delta - the geographical triangle, which covers Amsterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven.

In 2014, Neelie Kroes, the former European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, as Special Envoy for Start-ups and board member of Salesforce Inc was brought in with a very clear mission; to have Amsterdam ranking in a top three position in Europe on the Global Start-up Ecosystem.

Things seem to be going according to plan, as 2015 was the first year that Amsterdam ranked on the report.
Fast forward to 2019 and the Netherlands continues to be an innovative and disruptive start-up focused country, creating flourishing sectors like biotech, with institutions like Nijmegen University, University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam contributing to developments in this field. Sustainable and environmental sectors including Electronic mobility, where innovation in areas such as smart software for charging posts, electric vehicles and navigation systems are strengthening, and attracting more and more investment.

Additionally, healthcare is another flourishing sector, with chatbot digital assistants, AI and ML applied to new tech being developed to tackle diseases and medical conditions.

1.c The Netherlands Technology Skills Landscape

The Netherlands continues to have an acute shortage of tech talent, particularly in software development and data science that the likes of educational campuses including Ironhack is looking to plug from the ground-up.
Growth industries throughout the Netherlands are predicted to be:

-    Tech
-    Creative
-    Life Sciences and Health
-    FinTech
-    Aerospace
-    Gaming
-    Logistics

2.    Templeton and Partners insight into ICT Trends and Developments in Belgium

A new and emerging subculture is taking hold of Belgium: the start-up scene.
Belgium is not a huge country; yet it already boasts the fifth highest number of fintech deals around the world. In fact, UK based fintech unicorn, TransferWise, recently announced it would be seeking a Belgian license and opening up a satellite office in Brussels pre-Brexit.

2.a Strong Finance/Fintech Sector Continues to Bring ICT Job Opportunities

Finance jobs in Belgium have seen a particular boom, which means auditors, risk managers and compliance officers are in high demand and, as the financial sector has been a leader in digitisation efforts (bringing services and in-house procedures to digital platforms), positions for IT and digital specialists have risen.

For example, Belgian banks Belfius, KBC and BNP Paribas Fortis all launched mobile payment platforms requiring, of course, the talent to develop and create them.
In fact ICT future employment growth in Belgium is estimated at 7% overall, between 2018 – 2030.

2.b The Technology Skills Landscape of Belgium

Start-ups, scale-ups and disruptive innovators are key to Belgium’s burgeoning tech and fintech scene, with the necessary skills needed to support, develop, test and launch, with one of the Europe’s largest start-up tech events held in Belgium annually.
With the Belgian start-up and disruptive tech scene being so prevalent, we predict the following roles and skillsets to remain most in demand throughout 2020.

-    Data scientist
-    Cybersecurity analyst
-    Java developer
-    Full-stack developer
-    Front-end developer
-    DevOps engineer
-    App Developer
-    Cloud Architect
-    Digital project manager
-    Embedded engineer

3.    The Templeton and Partners insight into ICT Trends and Development in Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) is hailed as a ‘a top-ranking technological environment’ characterised by the presence of state-of-the-art communications infrastructures and excellent connectivity with the major European Internet hubs.

The financial sector is the main driving force behind Luxembourg’s economy, and is predicted to continue to do so.

However, Luxembourg have long been aware of the risks to its economy of being heavily reliant on one sector, so recently adopted a policy of diversification by providing ongoing support for ICT, in addition to actively promoting the diversification of the financial marketplace.

Such is the extent of their diversification, Luxembourg’s key ICT sectors are identified as both current and to develop, including:

-    Health Technologies
-    Environmental Technologies
-    Aerospace Industry
-    Automotive Components
-    AudioVisual production

The responsiveness of Luxembourg’s government plays a pivotal role in their ongoing ICT development, as it realised, for example, that the private sector was unable to keep pace with demand in terms of availability of technological infrastructures (data centres, international fibre optic connections, etc.). The Government launched the LuxConnect that is an ultra-high speed network between Luxembourg and the primary Internet access centres in other countries.

LuxConnect has made an important contribution to developing the connectivity of the country and to ensuring that local stakeholders have all the bandwidth they need to meet the demands of their clients.
Luxembourg also has one of the best pools of host centres in Europe, with e strong connectivity both nationally and internationally with all the major host centres and Internet hubs.

3.a The Technology Skills Landscape of Luxembourg

Looking at past, current and future trends (3-4 years), a number of occupations have been identified as mismatch priority occupations for Luxembourg, i.e. they are either in shortage of surplus.

Shortage occupation: an occupation that is in short supply of workers, and for which the employers typically face difficulties finding a suitable candidate. Surplus occupation: an occupation for which there are plenty of suitable workers available but low demand. The employers have no problems filling such posts.

The list below is based on a recent assessment of the labour market of Luxembourg. All of the roles below represent a mismatch as in they are in shortage of surplus and therefore could benefit from an injection in benefit and focus:

-    ICT professionals in key skills including Cloud, Enterprise Cloud, Data Security, Data Science, IoT, AI, ML
-    Technical and logistics engineer professions. 

Discover more about the value we can add to your digital talent acquisition throughout The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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