Lack of non-technical skills holding back graduates

The e-skills UK public private partnership is working with universities to offer more business orientated technology courses to close a skills gap.

More graduates applying for IT roles are missing out due to a lack of non-technical skills than technical skills, according to the latest ICT Inquiry from e-skills UK .

The e-skills UK public private partnership is working with universities to offer more business-orientated technology courses to close a skills gap.


In its survey for the fourth quarter of 2006 the e-skills UK interviewed over 1000 individuals responsible for ICT recruitment.


About 40% of respondents said the level of business, non-technical and communications were below company requirements, while 18% claimed gaps in technical skills were reasons for not employing graduates.


Karen Price, CEO, e-skills UK said the industry must ensure new graduates enter the workforce better prepared to meet the requirements of the business.


“Employers are looking increasingly for graduates with a blend of technical, business and personal skills. We are working with universities to offer more business-oriented technology degree courses such as the Information Technology Management for Business degree, which will be offered by 13 universities by September 2007, she added.


Price claimed that attracting new and professional talent into the IT and Telecoms workforce is vital to its renewal and growth. “In order to encourage more employers to recruit new graduates, we need to address employer concerns about graduate skills gaps. “


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