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By graduating in Computer Science, you will be embracing a career in which individuals can make a huge impact in boosting economic competitiveness in all sectors of activity and the well-being of societies.  

You will also have the opportunity to interact with people from many other sectors (the arts, media, finance, aerospace, health, and so on) who will stimulate your creativity: IT is not just for techies or sitting at a computer coding for hours on end! You will be working closely with other people to innovate and explore the ramifications and benefits of exploiting new technologies.

The IT sector itself offers a wealth of job opportunities.  According to e-skills UK in its Technological Insights 2012 report, the IT companies have trouble filling posts and getting qualified people.  There are nearly 144,000 IT & Telecoms workplaces in the UK, the vast majority (87%) of which are IT focused and services orientated (90%). 

The trend is for this dynamics to increase during the decade. According to the Working Futures 2010-2020 report published in 2011, the ‘IT sector will show the highest level of output and productivity in both the short to medium (2010-2015) and longer term (2015-2020) out of all sectors’.

Royal Holloway is at the epicentre of the IT industry in the UK:

  • We are located in the 'M4 corridor', a major high-technology hub also called ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.

  • 45% of IT workplaces are in London and the South East.

  • 93% of our recent graduates are now in full-time employment or further study; according to the 2013 Times Good University Guide, we rank third for employability among UK Computer Science departments.

Many of the Department’s graduates work for well-known organisations such as Capita, Bupa, Amazon.com, American Express, among many others.

Our degrees prepare you for a wide range of functions, in particular the two profiles that represent over 60% of the skills shortage in IT: Programmers/Software development professionals (38%) and Web design/development professionals (23%) – source: National Skills Academy for IT, Employer survey, 2011.

You will also acquire the academic knowledge that is needed to adapt and evolve in these rapidly changing areas – the Department is at the forefront of research into the fundamentals of computer science as well as how this feedsinto exciting new techniques and applications for business and industry, and we pass this on to you through our teaching.

Technology Insights 2012:

  • ‘There were approximately 116,000 vacancies for IT/Telecoms staff during each quarter of 2011’.

  • ‘In 2011, 14% of recruiters of IT & Telecoms staff reported having difficulties filling positions advertised – for the IT & Telecoms industry this figure was much higher at nearly 50%’.

  • ‘129,000 new entrants a year are required to fill IT & Telecoms job roles in the UK’.

  • ‘Employment of IT professionals through to 2020 is forecast to grow at 1.62% per annum – nearly twice as fast as the UK average’.

  • ‘IT & Telecoms professionals earn more than a quarter (27%) more than the UK average.


Source: e-skills uk


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