IT students and graduates in high demand

Students and graduates of IT are in high demand as IT companies admit to having the biggest surplus of work of any UK sector.

Students and graduates of IT are in high demand as IT companies admit to having the biggest surplus of work of any UK sector.

According to a survey of almost 1,000 businesses carried out by Studentgems.com, which matches students with employers, 71% of IT companies said they have a surplus of work and could make use of students and graduates.

The research found that 64% of IT firms would consider paying students to work on specialist projects.

Proportion of companies in different sectors with a surplus of work
IT 71%
Automotive 69%
Engineering 62%
Secretarial and administration 61%
HR and recruitment 59%
Distribution and warehouse 51%
Property maintenance and surveying 48%
Media/new media 45%
Hospitality, travel and leisure 38%
Banking, finance and insurance 32%

Sue Harrison, co-founder of Studentgems.com, said: "Previous research has shown that businesses do rely on students, but we wanted to know how much trust companies are prepared to put in undergraduates."

According to a survey of 220,065 students in January 2009, carried out by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HSECU), fewer than ever are choosing to go into IT.

The number of students choosing IT consultancy, software and computer programming roles fell 18% from 2,980 in 2007 to 2,450 in 2008. The number choosing IT technician and helpdesk roles fell 15% from 795 to 675.

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