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Touch typing 'an essential skill'

Published: Friday, 15 May 2009   Category: Career Advice

People in the UK looking for graduate jobs should consider learning touch typing, as the skill is essential, according to a leading specialist training provider.

Pitman Training claims touch typing is a skill which is vital in the "current challenging employment market".

The organisation said that some agencies "won't even look" at people applying for some graduate jobs if they are not able to touch type.

Keith Wymer, from Pitman Training, said typing skills are "critically important" for anybody looking for a job in the IT industry.

He added: "If you are going to be a secretary or a PA, you should be typing at 70 words per minute (wpm) and if you're an administrator, about 45 wpm. If you're an IT professional, at least 45 wpm would be good as well."

Tom Fahey from First Point recently told Onrec.com that people looking for IT roles must show their skills and experience match with a position.

He added that the sector still needs experienced and skilled candidates.

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