‘Large numbers’ of technology professionals are considering a career move, says survey

29 June 2011

High numbers of technology professionals are considering changing jobs, a new survey has revealed.

According to a study by the IT Jobs Board, 42 percent of IT professionals are actively looking for new positions while 52 percent are assessing the current state of the jobs market.

More than a third of permanent technology sector workers plan to change jobs before the end of the third quarter, while over half of contractors are looking to move.

A further 40 percent of IT workers are considering transferring their skills into a different career entirely, the survey revealed.

Alexandra Farrell, managing director of the IT Jobs Board, said: “Clearly, large numbers of highly skilled workers are contemplating their futures, and considering the possibility of taking their precious skills elsewhere.

“You would expect to see movement within the contractor space, but I was alarmed to see such high numbers of permanent staff thinking about a near future career move. Losing such highly qualified payroll staff could have a serious impact on companies’ IT departments.”

The report showed that for permanent staff, career progression and pay and conditions were the key drivers behind the desire for change.

Nearly all of the participants in the survey had worked within the technology industry for more than five years.

By Jim Ottewill

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