Scottish IT jobs 'lack enough' graduates to fill them

Not enough people graduate with the skills needed to fill thousands of IT jobs in Scotland, employers' bodies have said.

The IT sector has been creating 7,000 jobs a year but last year only 1,500 students graduated in computing, according to E-skills UK.

ScotlandIS hopes to encourage the Scottish government to help boost the number of graduates.

The industry body said the skills shortfall in technology was deepening.

Polly Purvis, executive director of ScotlandIS, said: "The technology sector is growing four times faster than the Scottish average.

"But, despite being a highly paid sector with excellent working conditions, we don't have enough skilled staff to fill the vacancies."

Ian Sommerville, a professor of computer science at the University of St Andrews, said Scotland had the talent, imagination and educational system to be world leaders in computing and software.

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