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UK businesses 'need IT graduates'

04 Dec 2007

UK businesses 'need IT graduates' UK businesses have an "insatiable appetite" for IT graduates, according to the British Computer Society (BCS), which could be good news for students looking for graduate IT jobs.

The BCS also says that if the number of IT students taking graduate jobs continues to drop then the salaries given to IT graduates will rise.

David Evans, government relations manager for the BCS, said: "The perception of computer science as something narrow and focussed, of a discipline in decline, is not at all correct. Today's computer science courses cover a tremendous breadth, providing an education that is highly prized in many sectors, not just the IT industry."

Mr Evans added that the number of IT graduates coming out of university was not the major issue for the industry. He said it is "whether the economy can make good use of these graduates, or it will suffer without them".

There is a risk however, that if IT companies start paying increasing salaries to graduates they will not be able to afford cutting edge IT equipment, according to the BCS.

Last month a study revealed that the number of applications to study computer science has dropped since 200.

The number of people applying for courses at Cambridge University has dropped from 500 in 2000, to 210 this year, reports the Guardian.

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