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  • IT staff turnover is at the lowest rate for six years, according to jobs research company Computer Economics. The national rate is 7.6%, although this hides the fact that inner London has a resignation rate of 11.2% and that the rate among system developers is 13.2%. Redundancies are rising - the overall rate is 1.9%, with programmers and operators (2.9%) most at risk.

  • Employers' use of the Internet to recruit new graduates has doubled in the past year, and two-thirds now attract applicants in this way, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters. Almost half the employers it questioned say they get better quality graduate applications via the Net than by post. Nearly 90% of current final year students are using the Internet to find jobs, the survey shows, mostly to get information on companies.

  • Training is a top priority for new graduates considering employers, a survey by consultancy Universum shows. More than 35% of UK students say they are looking for an employer offering training. This comes just above international career opportunities. Then comes inspiring colleagues and job security (both 21%), variety (20%) and travel (16%).

  • A good working relationship with colleagues is the biggest motivator for staff, according to a survey by employers body the CBI. Almost 70% of employees said it was key to motivation. This was above interesting work (57%), pay (45%), job security (40%) and training opportunities (36%).

  • Employers have been urged to speed up their recruitment procedures if they want to get the best IT people. "Procedures need to be quicker, more business-aligned and customer-driven to stand any chance of keeping pace with change," Nortel Networks manager Wendell Sherrell told the Institute of Personnel and Development's Computers in Personnel conference.


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