Feeds

Tech grads least likely to find a job

Graduate unemployment continues to grow

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The number of graduates unable to find work in the UK continues to grow, and IT grads are among the worst hit.

The figures come from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit which got responses from over 80 per cent of graduates.

The total percentage of graduates in work continued to fall - from 63.3 per cent to 61.4 per cent in 2007/2008 and 59.2 per cent in 2009.

HECSU said that computing and IT graduates had been hit by the economic downturn because their likely careers were in finance, business and technology - all areas hit hardest. But number crunchers believed that the future is not so bleak with several top recruiters offering more vacancies in 2010.

The growth could be as much as 18 per cent compared to 2009, which saw a sharp fall in IT vacancies.

The quango said grads needed softer skills such as communication and literacy skills and business awareness in order to impress recruiters.

The good news is that maths and IT starting salaries remain higher than the average for graduates. Maths grads got an average salary of £21,724.

Information Systems grads pocketed £20,855, while other IT grad salaries included £20,388 for computer science graduates, £21.179 for artificial intelligence and £20,651 for software engineering.

This compares to an average across all degree subjects of £19,695. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.