Software Engineers (Demand)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Willie Coffey Willie Coffey Scottish National Party

In his answer, the cabinet secretary clearly stated the substantial numbers of people employed in the IT industry in Scotland. We know that up to 65 per cent of companies surveyed in Scotland are reporting increasing demand for graduates in the industry, with a forecast 45,000 new entrants needed over the next five years.

Will the cabinet secretary consider what additional measures might be taken, for example in schools, to raise the profile of a career in software engineering? Average salaries in the industry are around £35,000, with contractors commanding about three times that amount. Will he agree to meet me and ScotlandIS to see how we can widen that discussion with our universities and colleges?