According to Robert Half Technology UK, the demands from the IT employment market are not being met by today’s education system. Of the CEOs surveyed for the research, 92% believe IT education just isn’t delivering the right skills – and the areas of most concern are lack of skills in security, digitalisation and business intelligence.

One of the issues highlighted by Phil Sheridan, senior managing director of Robert Half, is the rate at which technology changes. He explains: “Technology is changing so rapidly that it is little surprise that education providers are struggling to teach their students skills that will still be relevant when they reach the workplace”.

However student engagement with STEM subjects is declining, with just 33 per cent of boys and 19 per cent of girls taking two or more STEM subjects at A-level, further adding to the issue.

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