Industry skills shortage creates demand for IT graduates

As demand increases within Scotland’s digital technologies industry, market leaders have warned that the industry is facing a critical skills shortage. With over 70,000 people working in web design, software development and telecommunications, a further 10,000 people are needed each year to support this growth and fill these positions.

With graduate starting salaries at over £25k, the opportunity for new graduates to enter this fast growing sector is endless, however many young people rarely hear about the career opportunities that the industry offers.

Launched on 2nd October 2014, ScotlandIS, welcomed over 350 secondary pupils and teacher to their annual Scotsoft Schools debate to discuss the hottest topics within the industry, allowing the pupils to speak to top entrepreneurs. It is hoped that the event will allow these students to become enthused by what they hear.

ScotlandIS CEO Polly Purvis outlines the opportunities in the industry on this BBC Scotland interview.