How to make IT more enticing
I agree with Les Hatton that students are avoiding IT because they can earn more in a different career (Talent follows the money, 26 February), but it is not sufficient to offer better salaries; firms must provide jobs and a job market that offers a long-term future.
IT is characterised by high levels of unemployment for both graduates and people over 40. Skills shortages are a myth - there are plenty of unemployed, experienced IT workers.
If we want IT students, we need to nurture them and not allow employers and agencies to bring in low-wage foreign workers.
Given the above, plus a lack of union representation and a discouraging environment for women, why would any student in their right mind opt for IT?