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A quarter of 2009 IT graduates remain unemployed

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Up to 23% of the IT students who graduated in 2009 are still unemployed according to new research. A major conference regarding the whole IT industry recently took place to deal with the challenges the industry is facing at the moment, including recruitment issues.

The techmesh IT and Telecoms EXPO 2011 attracted more than 400 people and showcased 40 exhibitors in an event that also highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the sector.

During the event’s closing session, seven IT industry experts spoke about challenges facing the industry and remarked on the current skills shortages and the high percentage of unemployed IT graduates.
The panel pointed out the need to strengthen links between the education and technology sectors to help shape the future of Britain’s IT sector.

“Britain’s IT sector could be left behind unless stronger links are developed between business and technology professionals,” said Brian Kinsella, an experienced board level Chief Information Officer. Kinsella urged technology firms to invest in developing their skills base to address this challenge.

Project failure

It was also stated that around 70% of IT projects fail these days, preventing recent graduates from progressing in their careers.

“Sometimes projects fail because we don’t have the right people in the right places,” commented Andrew Choi, the Executive Director of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, who said there were often skills shortages in every sector.

Even though employment within the IT sector looks tough, recent IT graduates looking for graduate opportunities should consider the following information:

• The top ten skills that IT employers required for permanent roles are SQL, C, C#, .Net, SQL SVR, ASP, Java, Java Script, HTML and Linux

• The top ten skills for contract roles are SQL, C, C#, Java, Oracle, .Net, SQL SVR, SAP, Unix and ASP

Are you a recent IT graduate looking for a permanent position? Do you know enough about the programmes mentioned above?

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