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IT skills do not always match personability

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Employers are struggling to filltechnical vacancies due to a shortage of IT and engineering graduates with theright interpersonal skills, according to research by the Institute forEmployment Studies.The number ofgraduates from disciplines including IT, engineering, maths and the physicalsciences is falling, according to the study published last week. The number ofmaths graduates fell by 1 per cent in the five years to 1999, against a 10 percent rise in the total number of graduates.Those graduates withtechnical degrees lack the important personal skills which employers arelooking for in the modern workplace, the IES report claims. IES director RichardPearson said, “Employers want graduates who are primed for work, able tocommunicate, share their skills and appreciate their place in a widerorganisation.”David Yeandle, deputydirector of employment policy at the Engineering Employers’ Federation, saiddemand among employers for these “softer skills” is more noticeabletoday.He said, “Theimportance of people skills has gone up. But I am not sure the supply of thoseskills is any less than in the past.” The research alsoreveals that many graduates take three or four years to settle into stableemployment, preferring to spend time in temporary jobs or further study first.One in four is in a temporary job nine months after graduation. www.employment-studies.co.uk IT skills do not always match personabilityOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more