A report from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) shows IT graduates are more likely to be employed six months after leaving university than those who studied other subjects - but they are also more likely than others to be still out of work.
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By January 2012, 64.2% of the class of 2011 in IT and computer science had found a job – above the national average of 61.8%, and slightly up from the previous year's figure of 63.9%.
But 13.9% of IT graduates remained unemployed – well above the average of 8.6% for all graduates, although down slightly on the 2011 figure of 14.2%
The improvement in job prospects is on a slow upward climb – in 2010, 16.3% of IT graduates were still out of work six months after graduating.
But over half of IT students (52.7%) opted not to work in the IT profession at all, despite the prospect of a higher-than-average starting salary of £21,490, compared with the average graduate starting salary of £19,935.
The skills IT graduates need to show
“The IT sector has traditionally been a major destination for graduates, so the fact that it is showing such strong signs of recovery is welcome news. The figures show that, even in the current economy, IT graduates can and do get jobs.
"Students need to prepare for a difficult jobs market, but there are opportunities out there, so don’t give up hope."