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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. ®

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