About 55% of the respondents said that IT graduates lack personal skills, while 29% said they lack technical skills and 17% felt business skills were lacking.
Robert Half Technology senior executive director John Reed said IT hiring managers are seeking candidates who not only possess technical abilities, but can also meet deadlines and work well with customers and colleagues.
"New IT graduates can distinguish themselves in the job market by demonstrating business acumen and solid interpersonal skills," Reed said.
Reed noted that students and recent graduates can hone some of those sought-after soft skills by finding an internship or volunteering at nonprofit organisations, where they can interact with colleagues in a professional environment on a regular basis.
Robert Half Technology said IT workers can improve their nontechnical skills by focusing on communication, conflict resolution, teamwork and diplomacy.
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