IT chiefs favour ‘graduates over contractors’

IT directors would prefer to hire computing graduates and spend money on training them rather than buy-in experienced contractors, a roundtable discussion has revealed.

IT directors would prefer to hire computing graduates and spend money on training them rather than buy-in experienced contractors, a roundtable discussion has revealed.

Despite the high cost of training, graduates offer better value for money and are more effective than temporary staff, IT directors from leading organisations concluded at the recent discussion.

“Graduates are by far and away the best employees, contractors are the worst. Graduates are very creative and they want to get on,” said Paul Spencer, head of development for Snowdrop Systems.

The cost of training a graduate is equivalent to a month’s salary for a contractor. And unlike contractors, who are often unwilling to work in new ways, graduates are flexible and can take the initiative, he said.

John Durham, head of IT at Innocent Drinks, said that he felt his company was losing out on talent because it did not have the resources to take on graduates and train them.

“I would like to get people out of college and invest the time to develop them. I am up for that. We are losing out on a whole opportunity,” he said.


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