Nearly Two Thirds Of Techies Are Not Loyal To Their Work

According to the a survey from The IT Job Board, nearly two thirds (59 percent) of IT pros are not loyal to their work. And when asked, more than half (52 percent) said they didn’t believe that IT workers tended to be loyal in their employment.

Half (53 percent) said their lack of loyalty was down to the management not listening, and 46 percent suggested the companies they work for cut corners.

The banking and finance sectors were highlighted as being those with the biggest movement of IT workers – standing at 34 percent.

Post recession, a staggering 85 percent said they plan to ‘jump ship’. And 80 percent indicated that they will be looking for a new job in 2011. More than half (53 percent) of those who plan to leave their employment advised it was because they don’t feel valued, and 48 percent said it was due to poor salary.

58 percent of those surveyed advised their loyalty would be improved with better corporate communication. Of the 41 percent who are loyal to their work, 45 percent said it because they are working on exciting projects, and another 45 percent advised it was because they like the teams they work with.

Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, said: “Employers should be alarmed by the fact that 80 percent of IT professionals plan to look for work in 2011.

“Clearly the survey highlights that companies need to improve their communication with staff and make them feel more valued. The UK IT skills shortage means that the best talent will be snapped up, and potential new employers need to stand out and show the benefits of working for them. It seems next year will be another exciting one for the IT recruitment sector.”

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Christian Harris is editor and publisher of BCW. Christian has over 20 years' publishing experience and in that time has contributed to most major IT magazines and Web sites in the UK. He launched BCW in 2009 as he felt there was a need for honest and personal commentary on a wide range of business computing issues. Christian has a BA (Hons) in Publishing from the London College of Communication.