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British CS Majors Doing Badly In the Jobs Market 349

An anonymous reader writes "British CS majors do badly in the job market — with, four years after graduation, a higher than average (for college graduates) unemployment rate and fewer returning to higher education. Brit CS majors also do badly immediately after graduation. No similar U.S. figures exist reports the Computing Education Blog."
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British CS Majors Doing Badly In the Jobs Market

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  • by lucm ( 889690 ) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @02:06AM (#37336686)

    > I get job offers weekly that offer to pay me ~$60/hr throughout the U.S

    No you don't. What you get is calls from headhunters, like everybody in IT. These are not "job offers" but merely opportunities for you to submit your resume. And the 60$/hr is the going rate for those opportunities, not what you personnally are being offered.

  • by Rakshasa-sensei ( 533725 ) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @02:49AM (#37336860) Homepage
    No, computer science is as stupid a name as social science.

    It's called 'informatics' in Europe (not IT), and that reflects it being to information what mathematics is to math. It's such a simple and fitting word, it makes me sad that 'computer science' gets used so much and basically degrades the whole field down to the level of the social 'sciences'.
  • Wait a minute (Score:5, Informative)

    by Sits ( 117492 ) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @02:51AM (#37336866) Homepage Journal

    The article says that CS unemployment is (5.1% unemployed) is worse than unemployment for all courses (3.8%) for grads from 06/07 four years later. However a larger precentage of the CS cohort (81.5%) were in full time employment compared to all grads (73.2%).

    So things are tough for all grads and many are not going into full time employment in any subject...

  • by Nursie ( 632944 ) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @02:57AM (#37336888)

    Meh, the joke's on you really.

    C/C++ and Java still pretty much rule the roost in terms of jobs, with the MS .Net technologies bringing up the rear. Of these only the MS stuff is within the last decade.

    Software tech does not move anywhere nearly as fast as a lot of folks like to believe.

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