IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

IT Pros working longer hours than ever

A study released by the IT Job Board reveals IT professionals are working longer hours than ever.

Long hours

If you're a techie burning more midnight oil than ever, you are not alone.

More than a third (32 per cent) of IT professionals are working 48 hours or more per week, according to a study conducted by The IT Job Board. The figure has jumped from 33 per cent in August 2008.

Even more alarming is that 7.3 per cent of survey respondents said they work between 60 and 75 hours each week, compared to 4.8 per cent in 2008. A further 3.8 per cent admitted to working over 75 hours, which is more than a 58 per cent increase from 2008 (at 2.4 per cent).

When asked the reason for this increase, 32 per cent of respondents blamed a heavy workload, nine per cent said they were paid overtime, and 9.5 per cent said it was due to managerial expectations.

Respondents said that longer working hours have contributed to a decrease in productivity. Negative affects on respondents' health and social lives were also reported, but only 18 per cent admitted to complaining about longer working hours.

The IT Job Board stressed that employers be mindful of the impact long hours could have on both business and employees.

"IT professionals have always worked long hours, trying to devise solutions to problems, or working to develop the next major piece of technology," said Teresa Sperti, head of international marketing at The IT Job Board, in a statement.

"Employers should be mindful to the impact that longer working hours could be having on their business, by way of decreased productivity, or employee poor health. And, they should step in to address any issues before they escalate."

Featured Resources

Meeting the future of education with confidence

How the switch to digital learning has created an opportunity to meet the needs of every student, always

Free Download

The Total Economic Impact™ of IBM Cloud Pak® for Watson AIOps with Instana

Cost savings and business benefits

Free Download

The business value of the transformative mainframe

Modernising on the mainframe

Free Download

Technology reimagined

Why PCaaS is perfect for modern schools

Free Download

Most Popular

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

7 Jun 2022
The top programming languages you need to learn for 2022
Careers & training

The top programming languages you need to learn for 2022

23 Jun 2022
Attracting and retaining talent through training

Attracting and retaining talent through training

13 Jun 2022