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Industry must do more to attract IT graduates

Published: Monday, 18 June 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

The IT industry is facing a major skills shortage that desperately needs to be addressed, according to the findings of a new report.

A study commissioned by Microsoft has revealed that between 2005-06, just 30 per cent of IT graduates entered into an IT profession, while only ten per cent went on to study for higher degrees or other qualifications.

However the report does reveal that the UK will still remain in a strong position as long as the key issues of skills, innovation and globalisation are addressed.

Commenting on the findings, Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK said the report "paints a picture for the UK that is both exciting and inspiring but also profoundly challenging".

Mr Frazer continued: "We have an opportunity to harness the innovation, talent and entrepreneurship that exists, but we need to face up to some serious challenges. Chief among these is filling the growing skills gap in the technology sector before it becomes chronic."

The report is the second in a series that is sponsored by Intellect, the British Computer Society and City University, London. Authors considered the views of over 20 organisations from government, academia, industry, and the non-governmental sector whilst compiling the paper.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18183386-ADNFCR

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