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IT and computer jobs 'safest'

06 Jun 2008

IT and computer jobs 'safest' IT and computer-based careers are safer than others to the effects of the uncertain economic climate following the credit crunch, new research has found.

New data from the Learning and Skills Council found those working in IT security, software testing, network engineering and computer developing have some of the safest jobs at present.

Students that plan to spend next year working in the IT industry on gap year jobs could be interested to hear their gap year placements could not be under threat by the credit crunch.

The study also found knowledge of IT was also one of several key skills that could help workers survive the financial uncertainty.

Other important skills were writing, leadership, arithmetic and presentation skills.

Sarah Berry, a careers advice specialist, advised those without IT skills to go on a course to bump their knowledge of the subject, up in order to remain as employable as possible.

"Companies are going to be looking to their employees to have particular skills, rather than bringing in outside people or contractors to do it for them," she added.

Workers must safeguard their careers and become a more valuable asset to their company, she concluded.

The Learning and Skills Council is a non-departmental public body dedicated to improving the skills of UK workers.

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