Demand for IT graduates holding steady, study finds

A survey of 50 key organisations in the UK by has found that IT graduate recruitment plans are still forging ahead for 2008, with more than half of those surveyed planning to increase their graduate hiring numbers in 2008 and a further 36% planning to keep their hiring at the same level as this year.

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A survey of 50 key organisations in the UK by has found that IT graduate recruitment plans are still forging ahead for 2008, with more than half of those surveyed planning to increase their graduate hiring numbers in 2008 and a further 36% planning to keep their hiring at the same level as this year.

The survey, from the IT Job Board, also found that 94% said that the recent turbulence in the banking sector had made no impact on graduate hiring plans within this sector.

Only 8% of respondents said that they planned to cut back on their graduate hiring next year.

Comments from respondents included many that indicated it was business-as-usual, with "projects still running and scheduled for 2008."

Alex Farrell, director at the IT Job Board Group said the results of the survey confirmed his belief that "it's still a strong sector from an IT perspective, and graduates are very much in demand."

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