Employers frown on IT-related degrees

Nearly six out of 10 employers say computing-related degrees are not important for graduate recruits to IT and telecoms posts, research has revealed.

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Nearly six out of 10 employers say computing-related degrees are not important for graduate recruits to IT and telecoms posts, research has revealed.

The finding comes in the latest ICT Inquiry from learning and skills council E-Skills UK, which is based on information from more than 1,000 managers responsible for IT recruitment and staff development in UK companies.

The apparent lack of confidence in IT-related degree courses showed the need for these degrees to evolve, said E-Skills chief executive Karen Price.

“Attracting new and professional talent into the IT and telecoms workforce is vital to its renewal and growth. Graduates from non-ICT disciplines have often developed skills in areas not yet widely included in traditional computing courses – such as business, project, communication and other interpersonal skills. IT-related degrees must evolve to reflect the broader range of capabilities required to be successful in modern careers in IT and telecoms,” she said.

“The success of the Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB), created with employers to develop the business-oriented, customer-focused IT professionals the industry needs, highlights how urgently such innovative courses are needed. ITMB degrees will be running at twelve universities by the end of this year.”

The research also highlighted the widespread creation of new roles in IT departments. The number of new roles as a proportion of vacancies reached the highest ever level recorded by the ICT Inquiry survey in the third quarter of last year.

Eight out of 10 vacancies in the third quarter of 2006 were for new jobs created as a result of company expansion, reorganisation or the securing of new orders – up from six out of 10 in the previous quarter.


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