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UK businesses are struggling to find the right graduate talent to fill their IT and computing roles, according to research commissioned by totaljobs.com. The research revealed that 34% of employers claimed the skills gap was most acute in technical ability, with positions in production and finance also among the hardest to fill.
“There has been a great deal of growth in graduate IT and computing jobs, something that is definitely set to continue. However, it is a concern that business says that there are not enough graduates with the appropriate skills and experience to fill these roles. What’s interesting is the increase in apprenticeship hires. There is definitely still a need for degree-level hires, but companies are increasingly understanding the value of taking on an apprentice as an effective way to address their skills shortages and foster a new generation of IT and business experts,” said Mike Fetters, graduate director at totaljobs.com.
The findings come on the back of research from totaljobs.com earlier this year that 48% of employers reported a shift away from graduate recruitment towards apprenticeships. The strategy is a result of employers responding to the challenge they face in finding the right skills necessary for entry level positions.
The current research found that 57% of firms are struggling to fill vacancies while 27% said apprenticeships are crucial to addressing the deficit in skills. Furthermore, 25% want to see business skills embedded within school education; and 18% called for degrees more appropriate for the world of work.