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Web 2.0 'filtering into workplace'

Published: Thursday, 15 January 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

It seems the internet habits of graduates appear to be filtering in to the workplace, after 61 per cent of employers questioned in a recent survey claimed social networking sites could have a positive impact upon their business.

Research conducted by Open Text's Web Solution Group found that 89 per cent of university leavers expect their employers to allow access to sites such as Facebook and MySpace - and statistics suggest that many are choosing to do so.

Some 46 per cent of employers said Web 2.0 technologies were now permitted at work, emphasising an ever-increasing shift towards IT use at work.

Open Text's Web Solutions Group country manager Andy Bellinger proposed that "a change in culture" had been witnessed over the past few years.

"Students grew up using Facebook and now as they move into the workplace they want to be able to communicate using the tools that they have become accustomed to," he added.

Earlier this week, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services communications director Elspeth Farrar suggested that graduates lacking basic IT skills were now at a severe disadvantage as they compete for jobs.

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