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Research and consultancy

ICT skills development is a specialised topic that has engendered the formation of expert research and consultancy practices. These agencies are able to use the e-CF as a common reference point to relate their experiences across many organisations. Furthermore, consultancies often engage in ICT skills research, referring this to the e-CF, to collate valuable data and inform their clients.

This section provides examples of organisations applying the e-CF in this context; they have agreed to be featured here.

pfeil_transp_violettBreyer Publico Consulting & Clock IT Skills Ltd.,
Germany & United Kingdom

“FITS – Filling the ICT skills gap of the telecommunications sector of the future”. The study carried out on behalf of the European social partners of the telecommunications sector ETNO and Uni Europa used the e-CF to translate relevant research findings into a commonly understood European skills language.

www.breyer-publico.eu   www.clock-it-skills.uk

pfeil_transp_violettCV Partner,

“At CV Partner we try to stay up to date with regards to competencies and skills. The European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) has helped us and the users of our solution offer more precise description of their competencies. We have many consultancies and professional service vendors as users and having support for the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) was a feature desired by many of the users. We have therefore implemented the taxonomy which allows our users to easily add their competency in their CVs and References to use them in tenders, bids and offers as well as for internal search for competency and HR related tasks such as recruiting and management.”


pfeil_transp_violette-Jobs Observatory,

By closely working with ICT SMEs, the European e-Jobs Observatory identifies and specifies the skills, knowledge and competences required for the new Job Role Profiles of the digital economy, based on identified market needs, and formulated from the e-CF.


pfeil_transp_violettempirica GmbH,

empirica applies the e-CF for the development of guidelines and software support and evaluation tools for the development of innovative higher and executive and other types of education and training programmes and courses in the IT and e-leadership domains. These tools are used to create market transparency in the education and training market ‘jungle’ and improve levels of trust in existing programmes as to the delivery of learning outcomes and the achievement of claimed competences. The e-CF is used as part of empirica’s general research and consulting activities on digital skills and digital leadership skills development for the high-tech economy and for designing new online services for career development, recruitment and job search, i.e. services around and supporting the wider use of the e-CF in industry.


“Industry has started to discover the benefits of the e-CF as a European skills framework delivering a universally applicable structure to foster skills and competence development across national boundaries. Since it has become a European standard and is going to offer a mapping onto other skills frameworks like SFIA, industry in Europe and beyond – including SMEs –are turning to using it more intensively. Together with an eco system of services starting to emerge and being developed around it, the e-CF offers the necessary skills diagnosis support and helps HR experts in industry in becoming more effective and efficient in employee career development and recruitment processes and workers in their job search activities.”

Werner B. Korte, Director

pfeil_transp_violettFZI Research Center for Information Technology,

FZI uses the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) as a reference for identifying and describing ICT competences, incorporating the framework both in applied research activities, consultancy projects and technology transfer in order to support SME, large companies and public institutions. Special focus is given to the advancement of the e-CF with respect to future ICT competences needed in the areas of Autonomous Systems, Big Data, the Internet of Things and Security and Privacy by Design.


pfeil_transp_violettFondazione Politecnico di Milano,

The Italian research institution applies the e-CF as basic reference for investigation projects in the ICT HR field.


pfeil_transp_violettICT Human Capital,

The Spanish HR Consultancy uses the e-CF model as “de facto standard” for listing competences and knowledge of ICT positions in a wide range of consultancy projects and the European ICT Professional Profile definitions as comparison benchmark for completeness and alignment of ICT job role description of customer companies.

pfeil_transp_violettInnovation Value Institute (IVI),

IVI focus is on improving organisational capability through our IT capability maturity framework IT-CMFTM. Skills and competences play a key role in capability improvement and e-CF supports them in this work.



Netmind uses the e-CF as a common reference model for all their IT Talent Empowerment and IT Organization Transformation services. They have used e-CF as a model to define IT profiles and roles, as well to evaluate the skills of IT professionals and teams.


“The e-Competence Framework is an extremly powerfull tool for all the IT companies and IT departments who want to get more from the talent of their teams.”  

Aleix Palau, Strategy and Business Manager

The Netherlands

For the Higher Education Consultancy Promanad the e-CF has proven to be a very useful tool to structure ICT programs, curricula and exams. It also provides a clear direction to the formulation of learning outcomes and to the content of lessons and practical assignments. The fact that the levels of e-CF relate to EQF helps to define different levels of complexity that are recognizable to accreditation bodies but also businesses.


“By using a clear and thoroughly made framework such as the e-CF to build an ICT curriculum, the program is not only much more appealing to students, but also to employers and to accreditation committees.” 

Wanda Saabeel, consultant higher education


The HR Consultancy uses the e-CF for assessment and evaluation processes.



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