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Half UK IT staff looking to change jobs

Thursday 30th June 2011
IT staff across the UK are on the lookout for another job.

Some 42% of IT pros are actively seeking work, with 52% keeping an eye on the IT jobs market, according to the IT Job Board’s inaugural Job Market Survey.

The IT Job Board said this represented a real threat of skills loss to the industry.

The report also highlighted that by the end of Q3 (September 2011), 35% of permanent workers plan to move jobs, compared to more than half (57%) of contractors, who will look to change roles.

Interestingly, during the recession, 40% of IT workers have also thought about a complete change of career.

Alexandra Farrell, Managing Director of The IT Job Board, said: "UK businesses could be in for a shock, as we climb out of recession. 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."

When it came to reviewing the salaries and hourly rates of IT workers, the research revealed that 61% of permanent workers expect to see either no increase or a minimal increase of 1-2% at their next review.

And 61% do not expect to receive a bonus in 2011.

The survey highlighted that 96% of respondents have worked in the IT industry for more than five years.

What prompted the majority of permanent workers to leave their last job was career progression (40%), and pay and conditions (19%).

For 28% of contractors, it was due to the fact that their IT contract had come to an end.

When selecting their current work, for 31% of contractors it came down to location, compared to 35% for permanent staff. Interest of work, and new challenges received 29% of the contractor, and 34% of the permanent employee vote.

Farrell said: "It seems that money isn’t always the motivating factor. Clearly, fighting boredom comes high on the list of priorities for IT professionals looking to move jobs.

"The IT industry is a fluid one, and workers will look to move jobs, in order to update or hone their skills – working on an exciting technical project can often be incentive enough. Ultimately, they want work that stretches them, and brings their skills bang up-to-date."

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