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IT degrees: ‘We have a problem,’ says Shadbolt

Unemployment among IT graduates partly arises because universities and employers take a different view on the ideal content of computer-science degrees, a government-commissioned review has found.

Nigel Shadbolt, principal of Jesus College, Oxford and professorial research fellow in the department of computer science at the University of Oxford, was asked by the government to investigate the mismatch between supply and demand for IT graduates.

According to estimates, by 2022 an additional 518,000 workers will be needed to fill the most skilled roles in digital industries. This is three times the number of computer-sciences graduates produced in the past 10 years. However, despite such high demand, nearly 12 per cent of IT students who graduated in 2013-14 were unemployed six months after graduation. This compares with 8.6 per cent for other STEM graduates.

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