EU study reveals Luxembourg’s e-skills improvement & above-average rankings

According to the Digital Transformation Scoreboard, Luxembourg’s dedication to digital development is paying off.

The score, determined by the Digital Transformation Monitor in coordination with the European Commission and others, measures the status of digitalization across Europe.

The government’s commitment to digital transformation – as seen in its launch of Digital Luxembourg and nationwide, horizontal strategy – shows in this year’s numbers. Compared to last year’s statistics, the country has improved most notably in ICT startup environment (where it is 20 percent above the EU average), entrepreneurial culture and the supply/demand of digital skills.

The last point – e-skills – is one of Digital Luxembourg’s top priorities and a focal point for the nation. To tackle the supply and demand challenges faced across the EU, the country’s training efforts target youth, the current workforce, unemployed individuals and ICT professionals.

This encompasses the Luxembourg Tech School for students, upskilling opportunities for employees, intensive coding courses paired with job integration, and the recruitment of top ICT talent.

Luxembourg’s performance ranks above the EU average in five of seven areas, with particularly strong scores in digital infrastructure (second place overall) and e-leadership (third place overall) – approximately 30 percent above the average. Its high e-leadership score suggests a rise in individuals with IT expertise.    

As strengths, the study specifically highlighted the “remarkable” number of Luxembourgish companies that provide employees with portable devices connected to the internet, as well as widespread access to high-speed broadband. The nation’s awareness of cybersecurity, robotics and autonomous driving also earned recognition.

Leading the way when it comes to “conditions enabling digital transformation,” are the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Belgium and Luxembourg.

While it has seen slight improvements in the areas of entrepreneurial culture and digital transformation, it falls just short of the EU average. Programs like DigiCheck, Fit4Digital and Go Digital were designed to tackle the latter by helping companies digitalize.

In terms of startup ecosystem and entrepreneurial culture, nyuko, the LHoFT, Fit4Start and multiple other incubators, acceleration programs and co-working spaces ensure that young companies always have somewhere to turn.   

These resources, along with numerous competitions, investor pitching events and the €20-million Digital Tech Fund, attempt to meet the funding needs of startups at all stages of growth.

“We’re happy to see that our digitalization strategy is translating into positive statistics, progress doesn’t have a finish line, and we will absolutely use these results as motivation to keep moving forward.”

Anne-Catherine Ries, PMO Sponsor, Digital Luxembourg

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