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IT Graduates 'need extra financing'

Published: Wednesday, 19 December 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Graduates who are taking IT courses need more financial support in order to solve the skills shortage crisis in the IT industry, according to the British Computer Society (BCS).

A recent report by the Council for European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) showed that there is 70,000 unfilled IT positions in Europe every year and the BCS say that more funding is needed.

Mike Rodd, BCS head of learned society and external relations, said: "It is absolutely crucial that the supply of IT practitioners continues to try to meet demand as best it can in the current challenging market place."

He added that the UK and Europe has to compete with economies such as China and India and "any lessening of incentives to pursue IT as a career, or to update or move focus can only have a detrimental impact on Western economies".

The CEPIS promotes IT skills in the UK and Europe.

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