Is offshoring still making students of Computer Science the largest unemployed group of graduates?

I blogged last year about figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). They showed unemployment rates for recent graduates in different subject areas in 2009.

In 2009 recent Computer Science graduates had the highest rate of unemployment six months after graduating, with 17% out of work. Add to this the fact that many that were in work might not have been working in a job related to their degree and you have a problem. One exacerbated by the offshoring of IT jobs, according to many.

The offshoring of IT work is always seen as a major hindrance to the UK IT profession. I could probably do an entire blog or two dedicated to this subject alone.

One year on and Computer Science graduates still have the misfortune of topping the league. The figures below are for 2010. Computer Science graduates still have the highest rate of unemployment after six months of graduation, but the proportion has gone down to 14%. Here is a link to the data.

Here are examples of the 2010 figures for graduate unemployment:

Computer science 14%

Communications 13%

Education 5%

Veterinary Science 4%

Medicine & dentistry (approximately 0%)


Here are the figures from 2009:


Computer science 17%

Communications 14%

Architecture 13%

Engineering 13%

Creative arts 13%

Business studies 11%

Maths 10%

Languages 9%

Biological science 9%

Law 6%

Education 5%

Medicine 0%

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Yet again Computer Science and IT graduates have higjer unemployment than even media studies (Communications).

Many employers (including Lloyds Banking Group) have significantly cut their IT graduate in-take over the last several years. It is cheaper to use IT workers offshore or here on intra company transfer visas supplied by TCS, Wipro etc than employ and train UK graduates.