A growing number of people with a ‘more than basic’ level of digital skills

According to research by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and organisations in other EU member states, in 2019, half of Dutch people between 16 and 75 had more than just basic digital skills, as opposed to an EU-wide average of 33%. This makes the Netherlands part of the best ranking group of countries, alongside Finland, Denmark and the UK. The percentage has risen steeply in recent years, as in 2015, just 43% of the same age group had more than basic digital skills. However, the Netherlands have always come in above average in this area.

A tech-savvy population bolsters the capital’s strong digital sector

The already strong tech sector in Amsterdam stands to benefit from having a population with a high level of digital skills and adaptability, in addition to above-average English language abilities and access to excellent digital infrastructure. Amsterdam is a key player on the international tech scene and there are more than 1,650 tech companies in the city that employ roughly 69,000 people, making up 13% of the local workforce. The city is also home to a large talent pool that includes over 215,000 professional tech developers, and is a key hub for life sciences & health and FinTech software.

Bringing tech skills to everyone

The City of Amsterdam has made a considerable effort to boost locals’ tech skills to a professional level, with coding classes at schools and initiatives such as TechConnect, an action programme focused on diversity. TechConnect aims to encourage 50,000 people from underrepresented groups to pursue tech careers, boosting inclusivity while securing the industry’s future. Uniting companies, schools, universities and government organisations from the Amsterdam Area, the programme trains women and men of all ages and backgrounds to become tech administrators, coders, data analysts, growth hackers and UX designers.

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