Half of IT workers looking for new jobs

A new survey reveals how many IT professionals are looking for new jobs, but exactly why they're so unhappy at work is hard to discern.

Half of IT workers in the UK seriously considered leaving their job last year, despite high levels of satisfaction with pay, colleagues, and opportunities at their current job.

Fifty per cent of IT workers sought a new job last year, with 25 per cent going as far as registering with a job search consultant, according to a survey by recruiter Computer People.

It seems the job searches were not completely successful, with 40 per cent of respondents saying it is currently "more difficult" or "considerably more difficult" to find a better job than it was a year ago.

The survey, which was conducted as part of a research project about workplace behaviour of employees, seemed to raise more questions than it answered.

"It's interesting to see that so many IT workers are on the lookout for new roles, especially when you consider that the vast majority seem happy with their pay, opportunities and colleagues," said Nick Dettmar, managing director of Computer People.

Of the one thousand respondents surveyed, 43 per cent said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their current pay. Even more promising, 76 per cent have a "good" or "very good" relationship with their co-workers.

Indeed, 68 per cent of respondents claimed to be "content," "quite satisfied," or even "very satisfied" with the opportunities presented by their current occupation.

The main area of dissatisfaction is no surprise: 42 per cent of respondents claimed to be unhappy about how many unpaid overtime hours they work.

Looking at the results of the survey, it is unclear exactly why so many IT employees are looking for new jobs. "It would seem that information technology employees are always on the lookout for the next big opportunity, and something that will stretch them and test their abilities," Dettmar said.

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