According to the latest European Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), Ireland's performance with regard to digital skills is 11% below the EU average. Only 44% of the Irish population have sufficient digital skills, compared with a 55% EU average. The DESI measures the performance of EU member states in relation to technology and digital skills.
Ireland is currently above the EU average in many areas but the gap between top-performing and lower-performing countries is still quite wide. Where we are leading is in our integration of digital services and technologies by businesses (1st place).
The Irish Computer Society's mission is to support the digital objectives of this country through initiatives designed to increase awareness of and interest in technology. Our Continuous Professional Development Programme, for example, is an excellent way of tracking any digital skills you have picked up and creating a long-term plan. We have the infrastructure in place with our level of digital services integration, and we are confident that we can improve on this statistic in coming years.