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Lack of skills means 'plenty of graduate vacancies' in IT

Published: Tuesday, 31 August 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

Britons looking for graduate opportunities could do worse than consider a career in IT, according to one prominent portal.

A recent study published by e-skills UK suggested that the number of 'ready' candidates for IT positions fell from 1.5:1 in Q4 2009 to 1.4:1 in the first quarter of 2010.

As a result, a number of companies are anticipating a skill shortage, which Gerry McLaughlin, of ITContractor.com, claimed that graduates can take advantage of.

He said: "IT will prove to be a lucrative and much safer profession over the next five to ten years.

"The information age has arrived and those working in IT are in the vanguard of it."

Mr McLaughlin added that a dearth of Britons taking IT degrees since the turn of the century means there is not a "great bank" of IT-literate individuals looking for jobs in the sector.

Meanwhile, the Royal Society claimed earlier this month that the number of students completing IT A-levels has declined by 33 per cent in the past six years.

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