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Fewer people looking for traditional IT-based graduate roles

Published: Monday, 23 May 2011   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

A graduate role in IT is no longer "perceived as dynamic" in the way it used to be, according to Langley James.

The IT recruitment agency was responding to the latest UK Graduate Career Survey 2011 from High Fliers, which estimated that only 3.9 per cent of final year students will apply for positions in the computing market this year.

James Toovey, founder and director of Langley James, said that fewer university-leavers are deciding to go into more traditional areas of IT.

"I feel lots of graduates that would have been getting into IT ten years ago are looking at getting into gaming or marketing, particularly social networking," he said.

"The IT market will continue to grow, as at present an increasing amount of companies feel they need to employ dedicated IT staff who can be proactive for their business."

Mr Toovey added that employers expect applicants for IT vacancies to have a solid understanding of how IT operates within their own business, as well as "strong communication skills and demonstrable problem-solving skills".

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