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Graduate job hunters alerted to 'skills gap' in IT sector

Published: Wednesday, 10 November 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

Britons looking for graduate opportunities could do worse than attempt to secure a position with an IT company, it has been suggested.

Recent research by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) found that graduate unemployment in the sector reached 16.3 per cent in 2009, up from 13.7 per cent in 2008.

Richard Nott, website director at CWJobs.co.uk, admitted that there is still a lack of students graduating from university with the skills needed for a career in IT.

"It looks a bit skewed at the moment because there have been graduates that have recently graduated and haven't been able to find jobs because of the current market," he said.

"However, if you look at the market underlying we still haven't got enough people coming into IT."

Mr Nott also noted that the problem for IT companies in attracting graduates with the necessary skills has been a historical one.

The HECSU research claimed that graduate unemployment is now at 8.9 per cent, the highest level for 17 years.

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