Is there a skills shortage or isn't there?

UK Computer science grads have ‘lowest employment rate’

Graduating computer science students have the worst employment rate of any type of university degree according to a new study released by the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Authority.

By the end of 2010/2011 the average unemployment rate of was 3.8 per cent for all university graduates of the same year but for computer science graduates the figure was 5.1 per cent, as pointed out by the Cartesian Product blog.

The data also showed that just 3.7 per cent of computer science graduates were still engaged in full-time study as post-graduate students compared to an average of 8.2 per cent.

That said the longitudinal study that looked at graduates from 2006 and 2007 showed that 81.5 per cent were in full time employment which is comfortable above the average of 73.2 per cent.

It seems that data shows that computer science graduates are slow to get started but are better at finding work in the end.

Several industry bodies have complained about a skills shortage in computer science with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt saying he was ‘flabbergasted’ that the subject was not taught in British schools.

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