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Britons 'need encouragement' to seek mathematics-related graduate jobs

Published: Tuesday, 11 May 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

The government should do more to help young Britons into graduate jobs in mathematics-related industries, it was suggested today (May 11th).

Sheffield University conducted research recently which revealed that as many as one in five school leavers possess inadequate numeracy skills.

As a result, Jamie O'Connell, marketing director at the Student Room, called on the relevant authorities to encourage graduates to look for opportunities in these sectors.

"Maths and all the exciting careers that rely on people with mathematical brains could certainly do with a PR job," he said in an interview with Women in Technology.

"The UK struggles to recruit and retain good maths teachers and for students it's not obvious how maths can be applied later in life outside of becoming an accountant."

Mr O'Connell's comments come after graduate job hunters received a boost last week with the publication of new research into companies' employment strategies.

The latest 'Report on Jobs' study by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG showed that staff placements continued to rise strongly in April.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19770907-ADNFCR

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