No one in the UK wants to work in open source...or tech, for that matter

The UK's graduate students tend to end up in safe accounting jobs. Snore....

The Times today released its annual "Top 100 Graduate Employers" and professional services dominate the field. In fact, it's difficult to spot many technology companies on the list at all.

What gives?

IBM is the top tech employer at #21 and Microsoft (#34) beats out Google (#39). Soap (Uniliver @ #23) and groceries (Tesco @ #26) are sexier than working for these tech companies, I guess.

I have nothing against accounting firms (which claimed most of the top spots) but, come on Britain, there really are better jobs out there. I suspect that much of the reason stems from the number of opportunities available in tech (the UK isn't the center of the technology universe by any stretch), as well as the risk profile of the average British graduate. Big, established companies in old industries are seen to be safe bets. Tech companies...? Not so much.

I've actually seen this in a few of the companies in which I've worked, where we've had UK offices. It's not easy to recruit in the UK. In the US, people join startups (or even larger tech companies) for the reward of working in a fast-moving industry with the potential for serious upside.

This doesn't appear to be what drives the average Brit/Scot/Irishwoman, unfortunately. It's the UK's loss....

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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