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Digital Literacy and Labor Market

Supported by: Microsoft Slovakia

Project span: July – September 2010

Project manager, researcher, author: Marián Velšic

Objective: Research project Digital Literacy and Labor Market analyzes trends in the level of digital literacy of the productive part of the population in the key sectors of economy. It pays attention to various categories of labor force defined in terms of the level of qualification achieved and the type of activity (white-collar workers, manual workers, tradesmen and entrepreneurs), as well as the unemployed.

The analysis employs several databases of representative sociological surveys on digital literacy of the population and on the informatization of society collected by IVO in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The goal of the analysis is to provide answers to the following questions:

1. What is the adaptability and motivation of various groups of workers and the unemployed to improve their digital literacy?
2. In how far is digital literacy used as a part of the requirements for job applicants?
3. To what extent do people use computers and internet at work?
4. What is the current level of digital literacy in Slovakia and what are the trends expected by 2015?
5. What is the current level and perspectives of digital literacy in Slovakia various sectors of the economy?
6. What potential do the employed and the unemployed possess to improve their level of ICT proficiency (i.e. proficiency in information and communication technologies)?

The output of the project should serve various organizations (foundations, civic associations, educational and training centers, labor offices, personal agencies, and websites) which run the projects on improving digital literacy of the population with the focus on labor market, or provide other related services.

Outputs:
1. Research report Digital Literacy and Labor Market (orig. Digitálna gramotnosť a trh práce)
2. Presentation of research findings
3. Press release



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