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Be-IT Graduate Market Research

Posted on 2nd March 2019

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The research we carried out last year into the IT graduate recruitment market has been extensively reported, making the lead item in the Herald’s business pages last week, as well as on numerous other IT media.  The key results are shown below.  


  • Over two-thirds (68%) of graduates have gone on to work in a related computing/IT job, with 32% either not (yet) having got a job in the industry or not working in IT/computing at all. 
  • Those who didn’t go into IT jobs are now working in a wide range of different roles, from supermarket assistants and waitresses to wealth management and postgraduate studies. 
  • The main reason given for not using a computing science degree to get into an IT job was that “I found it too hard to get a job.”   Many others said they have not yet found a job. No-one said their university course had put them off a job in IT.
  • Less than half (43%) of graduates think their university course was a good preparation for work. 35% said it was neither good or bad. 23% had negative feelings about their course/university with 8% recording “it was very poor and did not prepare me for the world of work.”
  • Internships were regarded as very valuable, with 53% of graduates having had one. 87% of these said their internship was useful, with 55% saying that they “learned a huge amount.” 
  • Half of IT graduates said it was either “very easy” (22.5%) or “easy” (27.5%) to get a job. A quarter said it was neither easy not difficult while 15% said it was “difficult” and 10% “very difficult.” The figures of 25% who said it was “difficult” or “very difficult” is close to the 23% who had negative feelings about their course, but while this might imply a correlation we can’t, obviously, prove one from the data available.
  • 80% of respondents said they feel their work reflects their abilities/qualifications. Again, the 20% who disagreed seems to tie in with the 23% with negative feelings about their course and the 25% who said it was difficult to find a job, but once more we can’t do more than infer this rather than prove it to be the case.
  • Over half (53%) of graduates aren’t looking to move jobs just now, but 23% will be looking for a job in the next 12 months.  10% of respondents are actually looking for a job now and a further 15% say they’ll be looking for a job in a year’s time. 
  • 85% of graduates experienced no discrimination at graduate interviews. Of those who did, all complained about race discrimination: no-one complained about gender or disability discrimination.


  • 88% of employers surveyed hire graduates, but only 40% had a formal graduate entry scheme.
  • 12.5% believe the majority of graduates are not of very high quality. The same percentage (12.5%) believes the majority of graduates areof high quality. 21% believe that the majority of graduates are of average quality. 54% say graduates are of a high quality (but not as many as they would like to be). 
  • Although a quarter consider their own graduate employees to be “average”, most (42%) consider their own graduates to be “high quality” while one third say they are “of a high quality but there are not enough of them.” 
  • The three biggest benefits of employing graduates are: 
    1) their desire to learn (cited by 80% of employers)
    2) having the right attitude (56%) 
    3) their youthful vigour (48%). 
  • The three biggest problems with employing graduates are: 
    1) they want to progress too quickly (cited by 75% of employers)
    2) their degrees are not relevant (65%) 
    3) they think the world owes them a living (30%).
  • Only 4% of employers invite more than 50% of women to interview, but 32% of graduate interviews are with between 25% and 50% female applicants. 20% of interviews include between 10% and 25% female applicants and only 10% feature less than 10% women. (N.B. only 12% of computer science undergraduates are women). 

The survey was conducted by an independent third party, surveying over 4,000 people who had graduated in the last four years, using a mix of sources, from Be-IT’s own database to an extensive LinkedIn campaign.   Only 55% of respondents recorded the university at which they had studied, but of those that did, we know we have representation from all bar three of Scotland’s universities, plus a smattering from south of the border.  70 different courses were represented across 53 different subjects.   If you want to see the full results, please click here.

Gareth Biggerstaff, CEO, Be-IT

Posted in Recruitment News, Research

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