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Mobile communication skills 'can aid jobs hunt'

Published: Friday, 14 November 2008   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Graduates who possess highly-developed mobile communication skills are in high demand within the recruitment market, it has been suggested.

According to research conducted by T-Mobile, 51 per cent of employers desire job candidates who are comfortable with mobile technology and can work effectively from remote locations.

Some 48 per cent claimed graduates with proven laptop skills and ability with mobile broadband, smartphones and similar technology were extremely valuable to their businesses.

In total, 27 per cent of respondents suggested technology skills would be expected of any successful job applicant.

Oliver Chivers, head of business marketing at T-Mobile UK, said: "We hope that graduates will be encouraged by the findings to promote their technical abilities at a time when competition is particularly tough for entry level professional roles."

Last month, Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, told the Guardian that university leavers require good research skills if they are to secure the most in-demand positions.

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