A website is to be set up to help IT employers find skilled graduates.
The website will be aimed at small and medium businesses (SMEs) and will feature profiles of both companies and universities.
The aim will be to enable SMEs to access expert IT knowledge at universities, and find talented graduates.
Both businesses and universities will be able to post details of what they are looking for, whether help with research, information on a particular topic, or jobs for graduates. Each will be able to browse profiles of local universities or SMEs.
Richard Brown, chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education, said the council is working with IT trade association Intellect, sector skills council E-Skills UK, and the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing, which represents academics, to set up the site.
Brown said, "Businesses can signal to universities what they are seeking, and universities can post what they are offering. It's an improved information system. The sector is very fragmented - there are lots of small businesses and around 120 computing departments. Trying to get the signals between them working well is really quite difficult."
He said the website would be up and running early next year.