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IT outsourcing causes job 'shortage'

Published: Tuesday, 27 May 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

A new report has hinted at a shortage of graduate roles in the IT industry, as many UK companies look to outsource work overseas.

The Association of Technology Staffing Companies (ATSC) claims a lack of low-skilled jobs is making it difficult for graduates to enter the industry, acting as a disincentive for people to study IT, the Press Association reports.

Ann Swain, chief executive of ATSC, suggested the outsourcing of entry-level IT jobs was like "removing the bottom rung of the career ladder".

She said: "The shortage now is of candidates with a few years' experience looking for second and third jobs.

"But how do you get that experience if entry-level jobs are being sent offshore."

The report stated IT support staff in the UK have seen their wages frozen at £18,000 for the past five years, with longer serving employees only seeing pay increases of 0.8 per cent per year.

According to the ATSC website, the role of the association is to provide a "strong and united voice creating a positive appreciation of the role, responsibilities and value of the technology staffing industry".

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