Employers in the South East are increasingly filling IT vacancies with graduates who completed work placements with them while studying for IT degrees.
Retail banks such as HSBC and Lloyds TSB are leading the trend of offering one-year placements to students on computer science degrees, which are part of an initiative by local universities. Many of these students are offered full-time positions when they graduate.
Other large employers in the South East, including investment banks and pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly, are also turning to graduates from nearby universities who have completed work placements to fill vacancies in their IT departments.
Roger Peel, senior lecturer at University of Surrey's department of computing, said, "About 30% to 40% of our graduate-year students return to the companies that they worked with during their placement year."
Central government departments, such as the Department of Trade & Industry, and major technology suppliers with operations in the South East were also heavy recruiters of former work-placement students, said Peel.
He said that students were paid between £14,000 and £19,000 a year during their work placements.
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