Issues and aims in our project

2. Issues and aims in our project

In the project proposal job-to-job mobility (for women in the ICT sector in particular) is identified as an important issue in the context of acquisition of different skills that in turn foster adaptability. The proposal also recognises that job-to-job mobility rates vary in relation to age and gender and that occupational and sectorial mobility gender differences (namely upward occupational mobility) are particularly notable and are particularly negative for low-wage workers. These various issues are in turn linked to the Lisbon Strategy objectives in that fostering wider use and development of ICTs and mobility.

In this first analysis and summary findings of the EU statistics and Eurobarometer study on mobility a very important issue of the difference between mobility and fixed-term employment has been highlighted. Another important issue absent from the debate and data analysed and summarised in the previous chapter is the impact that new technologies have had on the organisation of work and the hierarchies (or lack of them) in firms creating or applying ICTs. A further point to investigate is the position of women within the ICT sectors as far as the occupations, content and the level of education and pay that women in this sector have. Although we will not deal in depth with these issues in our project they must be kept in mid throughout.