Information and Communications Technology: Employment

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the percentage of IT degree graduates who went into careers in IT in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Education and Skills

The available information on the destination of graduates is taken from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey collected annually by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The DLHE survey collects information on the first destination of graduates six months after qualifying. The latest figures are shown in the table for students qualifying in the 2004/05 academic year. Figures for the destinations of students qualifying in the 2005/06 academic year will be available in summer 2007. The table shows that, of those computer science graduates in employment, 3,200 or 41.6 per cent. of them were working in an IT occupation.

Destination and type of work of first degree computer science graduates( 1) from the UK six months after graduation, English higher education institutions academic year 2004/05
Employment circumstances Number Proportion( 2)
In work(3) 7,695 73.8
Of which:
Information and communication technology professionals 2,265 29.5
IT service delivery occupations 935 72.2
Total IT occupations 3,200 41.6
Further study only 1,085 10.4
Assumed to be unemployed 1,120 10.7
Not available for employment 390 3.8
Other 140 1.3
Total known 10,425 100.0
Explicit refusal 330
Total 10,760
(1) The response rate for this questionnaire for computer science graduates was 77 per cent.; the figures cover students qualifying from full-time and part-time modes of study. (2) Employment circumstance as a proportion of all known circumstances. (3) Includes all employment circumstances that cover some form of work: full-time paid work only (including self-employed), part-time paid work only, voluntary/unpaid work only, and work and further study. Note: Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

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