The IT industry is set to grow five times faster than the average UK industry, requiring 110,000 new entrants this year to keep pace with demand, a report has found.
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The report by E-Skills UK, the sector skills council for business and information technology, said employment in the IT industry over the next 10 years will grow 2.19% a year - five times faster than other UK industries.
This means 110,000 new recruits are required, with 17% of those entrants coming directly from education, said E-Skills UK.
The research identifies some worrying trends, according to Karen Price, chief executive of E-Skills UK: "The proportion of IT and telecoms professionals under 30 has declined from 33% in 2001 to only 19% in 2010, as the sector increasingly favours experienced workers from other sectors over young recruits from the education system."
She added, "There is a particular need for new types of development programmes that help young people move into IT roles and become productive more quickly, and for continued action to attract talent from all sources, particularly women."
E-Skills predicted the UK economy could be boosted by £50bn over the next five to seven years by exploiting the full potential of the technology sector.