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Graduates out of favour with HR managers

A survey of HR managers has highlighted a possible gap between the recruitment strategies of IT directors and the wider business.

In March, Computer Weekly reported that an increasing number of IT leaders were getting better value from training IT graduates than taking on experienced contractors to fill skills gaps.

However, a survey of 100 HR managers commissioned by recruitment firm FDM has found that 72% prefer to take on experienced IT professionals rather than IT graduates.

Julian Divett, chief operating officer at FDM, said that firms were not taking on IT graduates because they were disappointed with the quality of their skills and lack of practical experience.

A third of HR managers said they preferred to fill IT vacancies through agencies. "That can be a real barrier to graduates, as recruiters will probably get more fees for candidates with two years' experience," said Divett.

He advised graduates to demonstrate business experience to bolster CVs and update Java and .net programming skills to attract companies to invest in their career development. The survey found professional technical qualifications in Java, .net and MCSEs were not seen as sufficient by 75% of respondents.

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