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Graduates require more computer science openings

Published: Friday, 05 February 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Computer science is a popular subject among existing graduates and school leavers considering courses, but job opportunities are lacking, a report claims.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has commissioned a review into UK Universities and how they teach Computer Science. This research has been conducted due to the subject’s growing rate of unemployment – especially in regards to graduates as those leaving higher education are struggling to find job openings.

The review, which will go live next month, has been put in place in order to ensure the UK’s Computer Science graduates are aware of both the many concepts and materials available to them. Such tools promise to help students find employment post-graduation, aiding with career progression and allowing them to plan for the future.

Professor of Computer Science Sir Nigel Shadbolt, and Principal of Jesus College Oxford, said the subject has consistently received the highest rates of graduate unemployment among any UK subject, citing concerns about skills, agility, and work-readiness among computer science alumni.

He added that “the proportion of undergraduate computer science students who progress into low-paid or non-graduate level employment” and the “reliance our computer science departments have on international recruitment to fill their labs and postgraduate courses” were also points of concern.

Recent figures from the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), revealed Computer Science is currently being taught at 123 universities in the UK. Between 2013 and 2014, there were 91,565 undergraduate students (in Years 1-3) studying the subject. 

Computer Science graduates have risen from 17,000 in 1994-95 to nearly 27,000 in 2013-14, highlighting a surge in popularity. This is what is causing UK education professionals concerns, as they believe there may not be enough career options in existence for those graduating with computer science degrees.

However the subject can open many different doors in a range of sectors, which is why graduates need to assess their options. Grad Plus has a wide range of graduate schemes and other openings available which can help you to progress

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