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BCS say IT graduates in high demand

Published: Tuesday, 04 December 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

The British Computer Society (BCS) has said that students studying computer science and other IT courses are needed by businesses, and not just for graduate IT jobs.

There is a lack of IT graduate posts and this could push up the average salary of people in graduate IT jobs, according to the BCS.

David Evans, BCS government relations manager, said: "The perception of computer science as something narrow and focussed, of a discipline in decline, is not at all correct. Today's computer science courses cover a tremendous breadth, providing an education that is highly prized in many sectors, not just the IT industry."

He added that the real issue surrounding graduate jobs in the sector is not that there is not enough graduates coming through, but if "the economy can make a good use of these graduates".

According to the Guardian, a report has revealed that the number of students applying for places on IT courses at Cambridge University has dropped from 500 applicants in 2000 to 210 this year.

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