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Graduates urged to take up IT roles

Published: Thursday, 16 August 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Graduates and A-level students are being urged to consider positions in IT – as sector experts brace themselves for a massive drop in skilled applicants.

According to Ucas figures there could be a 40 per cent decline in the number of IT graduates by 2009, and the British Computer Society (BCS) claims that a dearth in talent may have serious consequences for the UK economy.

Explaining the potential effects, Dr Mike Rodd at the BCS said: "IT is driving business growth in the UK, and is also behind a number of extremely important private and public sector projects.

"We need bright and capable individuals to be leaders in IT-enabled change, yet we are concerned there will be critical shortages over the next decade."

Meanwhile, recent research has suggested that finance professionals are prepared to put in the hours to further their career.

A third were prepared to work up to 45 hours a week and 13 per cent were willing to spend more than 56 hours in the office to climb the ladder.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18248109-ADNFCR

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