Shortage of entry-level jobs 'hampers IT industry'

21-07-2008

Shortage of entry-level jobs 'hampers IT industry'
A lack of entry-level IT jobs may be contributing to the industry's skills shortage, new research has suggested.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency study found that one in ten computer science graduates are unemployed, IT Pro reports.

It also cites figures from the Association of Technology Staffing Companies which show that pay rates for entry-level IT workers have been falling in recent years.

Computeach career counsellor Darren O'Connell told the website that many companies are looking for commercial experience, which puts new graduates at a disadvantage.

However, InterQuest communications director David Bevan noted that many top firms are still experiencing a skills shortage, adding that with the current economic downturn, "fewer everything is being hired ... but IT is relatively safer than a number of other areas".

A recent survey by CRAC: The Career Development Organisation found that students are being deterred from considering a career in the IT industry because they consider it to be "boring", although most also believe it offers good job prospects.

According to a spokesperson from ClickAJob, employers are increasingly wary of employing 'raw' talent.

"It's not just IT skills they're after, it's passion and commitment," he says.

"Passion shows as enthusiasm for the job in whatever form it is, simply because it's IT," he points out. "Your true geek loves IT work and it shows."

"Commitment is harder, best demonstrated by go-getter applicants who actively flank their degree by going out and getting the right kind of work experience in the holidays or whenever."

"Do that and employers take notice," he says.

"It's always easier to bet on applicants who have shown they can bet on themselves."

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