O2 is facing increasing competition in the race to fill graduate vacancies, as the new generation of technology graduates are more willing to take graduate jobs at UK tech startups.

Shomila Malik, head of O2’s Labs department, has spoken of the mounting difficulty in luring talent to graduate jobs at the telecommunications giant.

She said: ‘It’s really competitive to get these skills. Young people have a lot of options and I think they’re willing to take more risks. We have to work a lot harder to get people with those digital skills.’

In a bid to attract the highest calibre of technology graduates, O2 Labs has launched a competition to find its next intern.

Prospective participants are instructed to create something that ‘subverts the original purpose of a device by making it do something it’s not supposed to do’.

Read more about technology graduate careers in telecommunications.

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