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Wales 'needs more graduates for IT jobs'

Published: Thursday, 22 November 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Graduate IT jobs in Wales are not being filled due to an IT skills shortage, according to the director of ITWales.

Beti Williams, speaking to the Daily Post, said that 5,000 people are needed each year to fill new and replacement jobs in the IT industry but the average number of graduates in IT from Wales coming into the workforce is just 342.

Ms Williams told the Daily Post: "We need to improve the public perception of computing in Wales and one way to help is to get businesses to link up with academia. Through our work at Swansea and Bangor universities, ITWales has brought together businesses and academics to discuss these issues."

She now wants academics, and industry members to join together with the government to raise the profile of IT and to encourage more IT graduates.

Meanwhile Penny Davies, head of human resources at T-Mobile, has said that UK companies are not making the most out of social networking websites.

Ms Davies said the sites could be used for recruitment and other human resource initiatives instead of being banned at the office.

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